Dispatch 5: Houston author Chris Cander and The Weight of a Piano go to Jackson, Mississippi

January 31, 2019, by

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 5 from Jackson, Mississippi. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How apropos to take The Weight of a Piano to Mississippi, the “birthplace of America’s music”. It’s also home to one of the most gorgeous bookstores I’ve seen: Lemuria Books in Jackson, owned by John and Mel Evans. John invited me to peruse the special, locked room filled floor to ceiling with signed first editions by the likes of Eudora Welty and William Faulkner, and it felt like being in church. After signing 300+ books (gorgeously covered in mylar, which makes the gold foil on the cover shine even more) for their Signed First Editions Club, we headed down to their event space.

I’m so honored that my Knopf editor, Gary Fisketjon, has joined me for a portion of the book tour. Tonight, he joined me on stage and talked about how and why he acquired my novel, and we talked about the research and work that went into its creation. That he chose to publish The Weight of a Piano is still a marvel to me, but that he’s spending time with me on tour is something I’ll never forget.

After the event, we and some other old and new friends had dinner at John and Mel’s truly magnificent house in Ridgeland, and tried their son’s new line of spirits called Catshead. My head will probably hurt a bit in the morning, but I wouldn’t change a thing about this magnificent evening.

One thought on “Dispatch 5: Houston author Chris Cander and The Weight of a Piano go to Jackson, Mississippi

  1. Chris, glad you are having such a fabulous time
    on your book tour. I am a published author, too.
    May i recommend the following TV series by the name of “You”. It can be found on Netflix or Prime Video. It is a selfish story of a book store owner who falls in love/lust with a budding female writer in his local college town. It has lots of twitsts and turns (murders), quite entertaining!

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