We also met the UK and German publishers of The Singles.
In London, where the book is called The Wedding Guests, we dined at Penguin’s UK offices with friendly, British book bloggers Jade Craddock, of Chicklit Club, and Laura Parish (with me in the photo below), of Novel Kicks.
Later, in Germany, I was quizzed by Diana Verlag publishing folks about why men don’t talk about their feelings. It was amusing. (To see the interview, click here and then hit the “buchtrailer” tab.)
I learned during my trip that there aren’t many advice columns in Germany. There are a few in women’s magazines, but they’re not taken very seriously. Maybe I should open up a Love Letters bureau over there.
While in London, I got the fantastic news that The Singles will be published in France. I’m thinking that a trip to Paris might be in order. Yes? Oui? Of course.]]>
But Chef got it done.
The menu was:
“Save the Date” salad with smoked bacon vinaigrette
Maryland crab cake with Old Bay aioli
Syracuse “Dinosaur BBQ” with fried green tomatoes
wedding cake with Jordan almonds and raspberry jam.
Each dish was paired with wine. My favorite was the Gianni Gagliardo, Villa M.
So tasty. So cool. Always eat while reading.]]>
The party at the Ritz got people excited about The Singles (I hope), but I have to admit that there was just as much buzz about the food, specifically the cake pops. Thank you to the Ritz’s executive chef, Andrew Yeo, for making them. And thanks to the Ritz for making the whole night so memorable. These are the aforementioned ridiculous cake pops:
I must also thank The Sports Club/LA. The folks over there supported the event and donated passes to raise money for Globe Santa. We raised a few hundred bucks for the cause during the night because of the Sports Club’s contribution.
Winston Flowers also added to that raffle. And the Winston staff made the room at the Ritz so beautiful. I saw a few of my family members stealing the flowers at the end of the night. Super classy.
What a lovely night. No plus-ones were necessary.]]>
Here’s a short list of songs that I played frequently during the writing and editing process (according to my iTunes). I think these songs actually make a nice soundtrack to the book.
There’s a lot of Liz Phair, of course. She’s in the character in The Singles. Sort of.
Cold War Kids, “Audience”
Joe Jackson, “Happy Loving Couples”
Imogen Heap, “Wait It Out”
S. Carey, “In the Dirt”
Liz Phair, “Never Said”
Bombay Bicycle Club, “Shuffle”
Ingrid Michaelson, “The Chain”
Bob Dylan, “Love Sick”
Ray LaMontagne, “I Still Care For You”
Justin Timberlake, “Love Don’t Love Me”
Liz Phair, “Whip-Smart”
Miley Cyrus, “See You Again”]]>
The Singles will be sold in Italy, Germany, the UK, China, and Brazil over the next year or two, and every few months I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a new book cover featuring another artist’s take on the story.
Penguin’s gorgeous American cover was designed by Melissa Jacoby. I love it because it reflects the mood of the book, because the type is just so pretty, and because the woman sitting in that golden chair reminds me of my very attractive colleague at The Boston Globe, Yvonne Abraham.
Last month, German publisher Heyne Verlag sent over its own cover for the book and I just can’t stop looking at it. It borrows from a darker storyline in the novel and as you can probably guess, it’s not called “The Singles” over there. I’ve been told by my German-speaking friends that Besser so als anders means something like “It’s better this way” or “Better like this than like that.” It’s a fitting expression for my date-less wedding guests. If you speak German and can give me a better translation, please do. The novel comes out in Germany in August. I’m pondering a trip there to celebrate.
As for the UK cover, it’s a party, isn’t it? It borrows from some of the more amusing parts of the story, and it makes me giggle. The Wedding Guests, as it will be called over there, comes out in June. Makes me want to go over there too and celebrate with a martini (and cake on the floor).