Dispatch 3: Chris Cander and The Weight of a Piano go to Dallas

January 28, 2019, by

Last week AnOpenBookBlog kicked off a blog series by Houston author Chris Cander, “Dispatches from Book Tour,” a multi-week series of reflections and updates by Chris along her 17-city U.S. book tour for her new novel The Weight of a Piano published by Knopf. Here is Dispatch 3 from Dallas:

Thursday, January 24, 2019

One of the best things about being on book tour is reconnecting with old friends. I met Nancy Allen when we were in the same workshop at Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2016, and when she found out I’d be in Dallas, she invited me to stay with her. Not only that, but I had dinner with members of her book club, who’ve been together for 46 years. 

At Interabang Books, expertly managed by Brian Weiskopf, Nancy gave me an impromptu introduction to the full house, in which she relayed that a certain Famous Author who led our workshop absolutely eviscerated the 20 or so pages of The Weight of a Piano I’d submitted—and suggested that any frustrated or disappointed writers in the audience should do what I did and just keep going.

The next morning, I got up early to talk books and represent Houston on Good Morning Texas, then headed home for the weekend before setting out again.

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