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And Off It Slides into the Harbor!

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Dear Kay,
Wish you’d been here on Monday night for the cracking of champagne on the bow of HMS Bowling Avenue.
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Here are some pix from the evening. It was tremendous fun, and I was honored that folks would come out on the night that The Bachelorette is on.
A great surprise (other than being introduced by Ann Patchett, which was lovely) was that Tracy, our correspondent in the Middle East, managed to get parrot tulips to the store, all the way from Qatar.
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The folks at Parnassus Books really know how to lay down an event. They have signed copies, and if you hurry, they may still have some of the mobile advertising units, aka bumper stickers, that were the free-gift-with-purchase swag of the night. Call 615-953-2243 or email parnassus[at]parnassusbooks.net.
Here’s a little interview that BookPage did that night:

“Read the novel that all of Nashville is talking about!” they say, and by all of Nashville they mean all of ME. I appreciate everybody’s help in launching this book, so much. You can’t believe how helpful it is, how much people rely on friends for book suggestions. Thank you all so much.
In unrelated news, I have embarked on a new piece of knitting. It’s up in Monteagle. I’m still in Nashville. This is all sort of a mess right now, but I’m hoping for a reunion soon . . .
Love,
Ann

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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. I bet you were a ROCK STAR, Ann! So happy for you, and wish I could have been there to celebrate in person. Next time you’re in Chicago, we must do this thing. Huge, huge congrats, my dear!

  2. Congratulations… one more time! You seemed completely in your element Monday evening. Thank you so much for the great story, and the signed copy. You must be just tickled! :)

  3. Congratulations… one more time! You seemed completely in your element Monday evening. Thank you so much for the great story, and the signed copy. You must be just tickled! :)

  4. Congrats! Such a wonderful book, one I enjoyed immensely. Keep writing, please!

  5. I ordered a copy from Parnassus the other day! How do I get a signed one? Probably it’s already in the mail, gol’darn it.
    Can’t wait!

  6. Ann, this is just SO DADGUM THRILLING!!!! It is sort of a perk of getting older and relaxing, I think – other people’s good news is as satisfying as one’s own, and no news is better than a great big fabulous book launch. No book has ever looked more magnetic to me.
    SOOOOO very happy to have my beach-ready copy. xoxox to you! And thank you for a great read.

  7. I wish I could have been there. You deserve a nice knitting break, but I (and lots of others I’m sure) realy want you to get to work on the sequel (or the screenplay).

  8. OMG must be my 50something Woman Syndrome but I got a teary about Tracy’s flowers. Love made visible. And smellable.
    Sounds like it was a wonderful fiesta. I bet Ann Patchett is pleased that I once thought you were her. As I’m sure you mentioned to her.
    xoxoxoxoxo Godspeed Bowling Avenue!
    Kay

  9. I just finished reading Bowling Avenue a couple of days ago and looooved it! (No, my finger didn’t stick on the “o” key, I just have a lotta love for the book.) I have decided that you’re Nashville’s version of Rosamunde Pilcher. Instead of tromping around Cornwall, I was tromping around (and sometimes sloshing around) Nashville.
    So, how long will it take you to write another book? My Nook and I will be waiting…..
    Mary G. in Texas

  10. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
    this is just So Exciting! so happy for you!

  11. GO YOU! And I love how you describe Angus as a scarecrow. That’s exactly the picture you painted in my mind.

  12. Finished the book, and loved every last word of it! I really, really didn’t want it to end. Now what am I going to read? Can you whip up a sequel soon???

  13. Ann Patchett? seriously? I just finished her book RUN right before I started yours! hers is set in my neighborhood which made it even more memorable for me. I am SO SO happy you didnt give anything away about the plot of your book because I am about 3/4 done and want NO SPOILERS! loving it!
    Congratulations again.

  14. I am reading this right now on my Kindle, and enjoying it immensely. Ann Patchett? Cool.

  15. I’m on page 153 and having a great time!
    Glad the book party was a success…

  16. SO exciting! I just finished reading my copy the other night (I stretched it as long as I could to make it last), and loved it. And–Ann Patchett? I always knew you were a rock star! Wowzer!

  17. I Kindled your book as soon as it came out. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Hope you sell lots of books, and it flies through the Kindle! (Trying to cut down on my library footprint.)

  18. Congratulations to you. An Ann Patchett introduction is very cool. I loved Bel Canto. Replacement Kindle arrived today.

  19. My copies are en route! Between Bowling Avenue & Kim Severson’s article about eating in Nashville, I am sold on your city. Wow.

  20. Dude-book babes Ann Patchett and Ann Shayne together-with parrot tulips! I’m in awe, seriously. Congratulations on all of the excitement.

  21. YAYY! I loved the book and am truly annoyed that there is not a sequel ready for me to read…yet. I hope you are not trying to spend time with your sons or relax this summer. Get writing, girl.
    PS Ann Patchett too?? Double Anns. Really wish I’d been there.
    PPS Are all your friends and family wondering which characters are based on them?

  22. Ann
    I just checked into your blog and saw that you wrote this book that I am already reading. I bought it on Amazon for my kindle and I love it. I was really surprised to see that you were the Author. I have your knitting books too. Good luck with your book sales.

  23. I bought one! I’m mired in Louis XIV and the French Revolution right now, but when I finish that jag, Nashville family relations seem a logical follow-up. Really looking forward to it.

  24. Happy Party! I clicked on the pictures, and am glad to see that it looked like a full house. Just one thing: I looked very carefully, and I saw no knitters in the photos. I didn’t even see any bags with needles sticking out and trailing yarn. Is it already too hot to knit in Nashville, or was your hubtographer just(gasp!)not looking for knitters?

  25. YAAAAYYYYYYY, you got the tulips!!
    (I told the flower shop people they should read your book!)

  26. Congrats, I know they will sell out, now, just have to have you come to MA to sign mine!!!!

  27. HUZZAH! And congratulations!

  28. I finished reading your book yesterday, and really liked it. Congratulations on a job well done!

  29. Received your book yesterday in the mail from B&N. My only mistake was to start reading it at 9:30 pm. Ended up staying up till 3 am to finish it. I am too old for all-nighters anymore. It was really great! I remember reading your posts about the flood here on the blog, and love how you worked it into the story.

  30. Received your book yesterday in the mail from B&N. My only mistake was to start reading it at 9:30 pm. Ended up staying up till 3 am to finish it. I am too old for all-nighters anymore. It was really great! I remember reading your posts about the flood here on the blog, and love how you worked it into the story.

  31. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I loved the book – finished it in two sittings. The characters, the humor, the humanity…wonderful.

  32. Love this celebration! I’ll bet it was great fun. And Ann Patchett is one of my favorite authors. I haven’t read Bowling Avenue yet but I’m fixin’ to real soon!

  33. Love this celebration! I’ll bet it was great fun. And Ann Patchett is one of my favorite authors. I haven’t read Bowling Avenue yet but I’m fixin’ to real soon!

  34. Finished Bowling Avenue while visiting my folks in TX, and enjoyed it so much! COngrats on a lovely job, hope you write more!

  35. Yay – just got my POD copy from Amazon and am holding it to read on vacation, starting next week. Congrats on a great launch! You’re everywhere…

  36. Introduced by Ann Patchett! Wow! I’m still in the middle of my current book (Prayer for Owen Meany) but Bowling Ave is next on my list . . .

  37. My signed copy is coming down the lane from Parnassus! So psyched, Ann. I hope there’s a bumper sticker in there. xoc

  38. thank you for using kindle. loved the book now being read by other family members

  39. Recently finished Bowling Street and feel SO dumb not to realize that you are the author! I’ve been reading your blog off and on for years and want to tell you that I loved your book and was happily surprised to see the knitting reference in a book that I was enjoying ( a little bonus)….Thanks for the good read!

  40. Loving the book- the descriptions, the characters,the stash references,the dialogue….loving it all! Great read so far!

  41. I downloaded Bowling Street to take on a trip to a conference last week and enjoyed it so much I couldn’t wait to get back to my hotel room each night and stayed up way too late reading it — I enjoyed it thoroughly! Coincidentally, there was a lot of rain at home in Maine while I was away, so during the day I was checking in on photos of the flooding at home while reading your book at night. Enjoy the limelight – you earned it!

  42. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Congratulations Ann :-)

  43. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Congratulations Ann :-)