Happy pub date to JUVENTUD, and high praise from Publisher’s Weekly!

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Publisher’s Weekly loves Juventud! Here’s what they have to say: “What begins as running away from tragedy and betrayal turns into seeking out the reconciliation of one’s past. This tale of self-discovery and intense first love is spiced with bursts of action and curious twists. It will engage readers who have a soft spot for entertaining storytelling and a familiarity with Colombian social history.”

After a month on the road of speaking to audiences and signing copies, today’s *official* pub date feels somewhat surreal. For a taste of what it’s like to be “in conversation with” the novel, check out this wonderful interview from earlier this month with my longtime friend, fiction writer Robin Rozanski, who teaches at The Loft, for their blog: The Loft Interview with Vanessa Blakeslee. Robin and I have been fast friends since I first walked into Pat Rushin’s contemporary fiction class back in August 2002, and enjoyed a wonderful sojourn in the Czech Republic back in 2005 as participants in the Prague Summer Program.

Tonight, if you’re in the Orlando area, I’ll be presenting Juventud and talking about the novel drafting process as a guest of the UCF MFA program’s GWA series. The campus bookstore will have copies for sale/signing. The event is free and open to the public.

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This week: “Tricks of the Trade” in Publisher’s Weekly & Interview at Tin House!

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Greetings from the Juventud book tour in medias res — to my left is a cozy fireplace blazing in the Marriott, Fairfax, VA, where yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting before an enthusiastic crowd at Fall for the Book. Next stop: the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, NH this Saturday, Oct. 3rd, at 2 p.m.

As we speed toward Juventud‘s official pub date (Oct. 20th), numerous articles, interviews and “conversations” are slated to hit the web. Two of the most exciting appeared this week: my article on what I’ve learned in wearing two hats as an author and Bookmark It staff member at Publisher’s Weekly “Tricks of the Trade”, and with great thanks to Litlandoan Hunter Choate, a perceptive and probing interview about Juventud at Tin House interview with Vanessa Blakeslee, aptly dubbed, “The Peripheral Unknown.”

Hope you enjoy the reads, and if you’re in the NH region this weekend, that you’ll stop by and join in the novel-release festivities!