Despite a shabby economy and the fact that there is no money in the budget for an extended book tour, we don't want to let this occasion pass by without some festivities. Come and celebrate the recent release of Laryn Kragt Bakker's debut novel with a post-release party. Clutching Dust and Stars was released in late 2009 and was named "Best First Novel" by Hearts and Minds Books.
The Englewood Review of Books made brief mention of Clutching Dust and Stars today:
Reviewed by Jeni Newswanger Smith.
Hearts and Minds Books has named Clutching Dust and Stars the "Best First Novel" of 2009!
A quote from Clutching Dust and Stars was featured in today's Daily Asterisk -- see the screenshot above or read the quote below. Sign up for the Daily Asterisk if you'd like to get "a provocative quote for thought and discussion" in your inbox each weekday.
During the time that I was doing the bulk of the writing for the novel, I would periodically try to put myself into Rob or Natalie's mind. I tried to read books or magazines that I thought would be of interest to them, as though I had wandered through their homes and picked up random reading material that they had left around the place. Some of the things that I read worked themselves into the story -- as quotes before the various sections or occasionally as a direct reference.
Today's the day the book is officially released. People have begun to receive them in their mailboxes (or directly from me for some locals). Somebody already posted a sentence from the novel on Facebook and the book is on a few "Currently Reading" shelves at Goodreads. In other words, there's no turning back -- it's out there.
I found this post interesting as I consider whether (and if so, how) to offer a digital version of the novel. It starts off pretty down on the internet in regard to storytelling, but concludes that "the ancient need for narrative, hardwired into human nature, can sit comfortably with the wiring of the newest technology."
See an excerpt below and a link to the full article underneath.
The publisher is trying to nail down a revised publication date -- obviously the initial target was not met due to a variety of factors. They are talking with their printer to find out what is feasible. The text of the novel has been complete for two or three months, but I have changed the dedication due to some recent events in my life.