It’s been a whirlwind week, and I want to take a moment to quickly check in and say thank you to everyone who has supported me, and to say hello to all the new readers who found their way here through my interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and other press events this week. It’s great to have you here, and I’ve so enjoyed reading through all the e-mails and comments and hearing from you.
Fresh Air was an amazing experience, and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I also got to field some great, insightful questions at my Northeastern University event the other day, and look forward to my reading and signing at Brookline Booksmith on April 17th.
For events, press, and virtual book tour links, make sure you check out my In the Kingdom of the Sick page on this site, where I keep an accurate and updated list. I also use my Facebook author page and Twitter account for more immediate links, events, and articles of interest, so I’d love to see you there. While I will continue to do round-ups here on the blog for book-related news, I plan to return to more regular, substantive posts.
Up this coming week? A look at nutrition, chronic disease, and prevention…and why I’m inching closer and closer to vegetarian cooking.
As of yesterday, In the Kingdom of the Sick is officially available in bookstores and online.
I have so much more to say about all of this, and about writing and audience and lots of other things, but this week, I’m simply juggling virtual events, in-person events, the end-of-semester crunch, and the like.
So let me say the most important thing of all—thank you! To those of you in real life who have supported me and helped me find time to write, to those of you who are virtual cheerleaders, to those of you who gave me your time and insights along the way, and to all of you who have shared links, posted items, and plan to read the book. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing a Q&A with Paula Kamen over at Ms. Magazine’s blog. There are lots of other links to share in the coming days, but here’s an important update: my segment for Fresh Air will run tomorrow, April 11. The show runs 1-2pm; check your local public radio stations or listen online.
(I will be doing an Author event at Northeastern during that time, so you’ll hear it before I do. Be kind ☺)
The controversy over chronic Lyme disease and the way social media has so greatly influenced the trajectory of patient advocacy are issues I explore in detail in In the Kingdom of the Sick, so I am thrilled that Dorothy Leland posted a review of the book over at LymeDisease.org today. Please click on over and check it out, especially if you or someone you know has been impacted by Lyme disease.
In other book news, I have some exciting announcements:
I will be appearing on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. I am a huge, huge fan of this show and am so excited for this opportunity. It looks like my segment will air Tuesday, April 16th, but I will post specific details on how to listen and confirmation of this as the date approaches.
C-SPAN BooK TV will be taping my reading event at Brookline Booksmith on Wed, April 17th, at 7pm. If you’re local, Brookline Booksmith is one of the best independent bookstores in the Boston area and a great venue, and I would love to see you there! (Be advised events take place on the lower level of the store.) Please also pass along this event information to anyone you know in the Boston area who might be interested.
And since we’re talking dates, a reminder that I am also doing an author event at Northeastern University at noon on April 11, if a daytime event is more convenient for you.
Thanks so much!
This week kicks off the virtual book tour for In the Kingdom of the Sick. From now through pub date (April 9) and beyond, writers, patients, and experts will be participating in a variety of events for the book–interviews, reviews, giveaways, announcements, etc.
I am thrilled to announce today’s post is up over at Pop Health, where public health professional and pop culture expert Leah Roman reviews In the Kingdom of the Sick. Leah has a great perspective on these issues, particularly in terms of the language we use to describe illness and the societal tensions illness causes. Please click on over to read the review and leave your comments for her.
Thanks so much, Leah!