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Friday, March 27, 2009

Almost famous...that's me!



I got a very special ARC in the mail today. It was Lisa See's Shanghai Girls. I've been dying to get my hands on this one because I heard there was something special in the book that pertained to me - my name. Not just the same name as mine but my name.

I've only been blogging since last fall but I've done online book clubs for about three years. Last year I was participating in one of the clubs at Barnes & Noble that included the author. A moderator leads the club on a message board and sets up different topics in different threads. You can participate as much or as little as you want and the author joins when they can. Most are there often but some are there as much as possible. I'm still in awe of any contact with an author/celebrity in my book (get it?) but I find it so amazing to be able to chat for a whole month and discuss their newest book. They usually discuss their other books, their career, their personal life and whatever else they feel like chatting about too. Some favorites that come to mind have been Garth Stein and his book The Art of Racing In The Rain (he was amazing and even his wife joined in almost every day!), Annie Barrows and the book that her aunt wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (so friendly and chatty), Dorothea Benton Frank and her book The Land of Mango Sunsets (she was instantly one of the girls and couldn't have been nicer) and the list goes on and on.

Last year one of the clubs was Peony In Love by Lisa See. I hadn't had a chance to read her first book but I had heard such good things that I was really looking forward to this one. It was a very small group of only about a dozen people but there was great conversation. We also had more one-on-one time with Lisa. I wasn't familiar with very much Chinese history so it made such a difference for me to have her there to explain everything. She is very knowledgeable because this is part of her heritage and she explains it well. I learned so much from her and really enjoyed the chats among all of the club members. Apparently Lisa enjoyed chatting with us too because, 1) she said so, and 2) she said the discussions had given her some ideas that she wanted to include in the next book she was working on called Shanghai Girls. (Are you seeing where I'm going with this yet?) I thought that was amazing enough but then she said that she would mention us in the acknowledgments too! Now I ask you, how very cool is that? She asked us for our real names and told us when it was expected to be released. I made a mental note that I filed away and then kind of forgot about (there's only so much room up there and then stuff starts to fall out). But when I heard that the ARCs would be coming out soon of course I remembered, and someone kind of reminded me too.

So a few weeks ago one of the other girls in the club received her copy and sent an email telling others. Yay! Mine should be coming any time too! I asked her if it really had names in it and she said yes. A few weeks went by and I still didn't get one. I asked the other girl again about receiving hers and just to be sure, were our names really in there? It wasn't our user names or the club as a whole unit? She said YES, they really were our names in there. OK, I believed her. Kind of. I really did, it was just that this was a real, live, famous author we were talking about. Now maybe you people get your names in books every day but I most certainly do not.

Today, it arrived. That handsome man in brown, whatshisname, left it laying on my porch. Of course I didn't know that was the book at the time but when I opened the envelope I swear it glowed. It was beautiful! Like a good little reader I sat right down and started reading every page in order until I found the acknowledgments - NOT! I tore through that baby looking for my section. Of course it was in the very back but it didn't take me that long to figure out. As I turned through all five pages, yes five, of the acknowledgments I found it (glowing again) my name!! Not a user name, not the club name but my name. Sorry to sound like I'm tooting my own horn here but... TOOT, TOOT!

So if you ever get your hands on a copy of Shanghai Girls by Lisa See you can turn to page 314 in the ARC and the first line of the second paragraph has seven names from a B&N book club. I am the seventh name (damn alphabetical order!) - Debbie Wright. It 's right there in black and white, with just a little bit of glow.




Thank you Lisa! You made this fan very, very happy in more ways than one. Best wishes.




For autographed copies please send inquiries to my manager AKA my mommy.
*snicker* I just had to say that.

29 comments:

  1. Debbie! How exciting and you are right! I have the book and got right up to find it and check and there you were. I do know what you mean about being in awe of these writers. Gee, I hope when we get famous we will remember this and still talk to the little people, ya know? And do read her first book...isn't it something about "snow something and the secret fan"? (can't tell I didn't go to bed but blogged and wrote all night, can you?) but I loved that book as well. I haven't read this new one yet but it is very near the top of TBR pile! How cool is that to have your name there. Pop that cork and celebrate!

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  2. Wow, you ARE famous! Holy Penguins! I can say I knew you when. lol! Alphabetical order? You could change your name to Alwright but you are alright with us! Ha ha, seriously, I bet that book did glow. Now I have to get it just to see for myself. You must have really impressed Lisa. Ride the high, baby chick. You are famous!

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  3. How cool is that?! Congratulations!!!

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  4. Exciting news! Break open the bubbly :)

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  5. OK...hope I am not spoiling the surprise but congrats on your Splash Award...that's because your blog is a big Splash! kudos!

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  6. Oh -- that is so cool. CONGRATULATIONS!!

    I enjoy the Barnes and Noble book clubs myself, but tend to lurk rather than participate. I wish I had more time to spend there -- I enjoy the insights of all the readers, and the fascinating commentary of the authors.

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  7. Oh my gosh! That is just awesome. My copy came yesterday and when I read this, I grabbed it and flipped to page 314 and saw your name!!! This is so exciting.

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  8. I'm a huge Lisa See fan, so this is way cool! Congratulations!! I'd be so excited I'd be carrying the book around to show everyone I know.

    She's supposed to be at the LA Times Festival of Books next month. I think you need to come out and meet her. ;-D

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  9. Very cool! I got the book yesterday and looked you up! I can say "I knew you when. . ." Congrats!

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  10. That's a cool story! I'm going to have to pick up the book when it comes out now!

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  11. Congrats on getting your name mentioned in the book! That's awesome!

    I'm just dropping by to let you know that I've given you an award:
    http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/2009/03/awards-roundup_28.html

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  12. That is so exciting! You are famous!:)

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  13. Oh Debbie! How cool is that? You must be totally thrilled. What a dear author! :)

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  14. Congrats Debbie!! WOW, that is just awesome. I just got my ARC copy yesterday and went right to page 314 to see your name! How exciting for you and to know that you had an influence in this book. I've not participated in the B&N book discussions and I'm going to have to keep an eye on those. They sound very interesting.

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  15. Thank you everyone! I know I'm being obnoxious but this is a once in a lifetime thing and I had to tell the whole world about it. I even took it to my son's ballgame to show my friends. They congratulated me and then made fun of me of course. What are friends for? :D

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  16. You are not being obnoxious at all! That's incredible!

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  17. That is so awesome. Congratulations.

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  18. Wow! That's so cool! Congrats!

    I've given you an award. Stop by and pick it up!
    http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com/

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  19. Well.. toot toot toot .. awesome.. I am honored to know you and you can be sure I will be looking it when / If I get my hands on it.... Congrats!

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  20. That is so cool! I would be excited too. :)

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  21. Debbie, That is just so cool! You've got every right to be excited :D How are you going to celebrate? I would probably get a second copy and make a collage and frame it-cause I'd want to see it all the time. Congratulations, kiddo - you go girl!

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  22. That's a good idea Bev! Maybe I'll just make a copy of it and hang it on the fridge. Or maybe I could get a little, teeny, tiny frame for my section. Maybe.

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  23. Debbie that is fantastic! Congrats. You all must have made a great impression upon her.

    What is this B&N club you speak of? Is it only in your area? online? I must be out of it because I don't remember you talking about it before, though as you say I file things away in the brain and they sometimes fall out as I cram more up there.

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  24. I agree...that is very, very cool.

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  25. Oh, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    How exciting is that? :-)
    Famous woman in the house! WOO HOO!

    Can you take a picture of it and post it?

    -Bobbie

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