Houston author Chris Cander’s “Dispatches from Book Tour,” a multi-week blog series of reflections and updates along her 17-city U.S. book tour for her new novel The Weight of a Piano (published by Knopf), continues with Dispatch 10 from New York City.
February 7, 2019
Not only because I dedicated the book to her, but because I love being with my daughter, Sasha, I invited her to join me in NYC for my event at the gorgeous McNally-Jackson Books. She originally said she couldn’t miss school that week, but on Monday, she called and said her schedule was light and she really wanted to be there. So on Wednesday, she flew up from Houston—by herself, clever girl!—and was able to be with us last night for a truly memorable event.
My agent, Jess, and editor, Gary, along with many other wonderful members of the teams at HSG Agency and Knopf were there, as well as some old friends and family who came from far and wide, and many, many others who’d read or heard about The Weight of a Piano. The store very nearly sold out of books, in part due to one reader who loved the talk so much he bought TEN copies to give away to friends.
Everyone adjourned to the home of my dear friends Louise and Charlie Marburg (please check out her collection The Truth About Me, which is amazing) for a party that lasted into the wee hours. I was so delighted that my friend, the author Christina Baker-Kline (who gave my book a beautiful blurb) was there, along with many other writers, artists, and all-around interesting people. I know I keep saying it, but this has been an incredible experience, and I’m so appreciative for all the love and support from my publisher and agency, all the booksellers and bookstores, and the many friends and readers who continue to spread the word about my beloved book.
Tomorrow I return to Houston, where I’ll have a few days off and then get to be with Valerie and friends at the amazing Blue Willow Bookshop on Wednesday, Feb. 13. I’d love to see you there.