Doing laps in the LA Fishbowl

New York State of Mind

LambdaIn just a couple of months, it will be the one-year birthday of Still Life Las Vegas, and what better way to celebrate that milestone (a little prematurely) than by a trip to New York City to see friends & family and attend the Lammy Awards?

IMG_1707 New  York obliged resplendently, gracing us with warm but breezy weather and the merest of spring showers. I got a chance to hike along the length of Central Park, all 50 blocks worth, and discovered sites both beautiful and mysterious.

I kept waiting for Mr. Tumnus the faun to appear.

IMG_1724 IMG_1723 21,000 steps in one day! That concluded the healthy part of the trip. IMG_1717 I also ate. And ate. And ate. If I wanted to have a breakfast of charsu bao, thick pork dumplings and a sesame bagel with a schmear, followed by a Balducci café latte, who could blame me?

All within three blocks!

IMG_1715 Too many delicacies, too little time. By the way, when did Times Square become this?

It's like Panera outdoor seating—for blocks!

The Lambda Literary Awards were a bit intimidating, but fortified by my agent, my editor, and my husband, I enjoyed myself immensely.
Kate Clinton rocked.

Kate Clinton rocked.

The best part of the evening was meeting some truly stellar authors also nominated (interestingly, all in the same YA category): The ultra-cool Sarah McCarry, nominated for her book About a Girl; sarahmccarry The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Marvels author and illustrator Brian Selznick, who, rather unfairly, can not only write and draw with elegance but is drop-dead gorgeous in a suit; selznick And Becky Albertalli, author of one of my favorite books of last year, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with whom I have been carrying on a torrid love affair via emails this entire year. SimonvsHomoSapiens No, I didn't win in my best gay fiction category this year, but then again, neither did Truman Capote, so there's that. And by way of consolation, the next night... IMG_1749 Don't hate me. It was stunning. I literally had to hold my breath for the entire second act so I wouldn't snuffle too loudly. IMG_1744 And just like that, it was over, like a wondrous, bagel-filled dream. This weekend I return to the scene of the crime, Las Vegas, to participate in Barnes & Noble's B-Fest for teens. If you're around, drop by the Summerlin B&N between 12-1 on Saturday, June 11. Looks like the birthday celebration continues!
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June 10th, 2016 - Still Life Las Vegas


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