Thursday, September 4, 2008

In Which Graceling Steps Into the World; Also, a Cry for Help

Well, folks, reports have been coming in from friends with sharp eyes: Graceling has been spotted in bookstores in Union Square (NYC); Harvard Square (Cambridge, MA); Decatur, GA; Atlantic Beach, FL; Jacksonville, FL; and St. Cloud, MN. And it's in stock at amazon.com and bn.com, though not yet at powells.com. I guess it's official -- Graceling exists. Please support independent bookstores! And if you have any interest in buying a signed copy, please contact my local bookstore, the Bookmark, by calling (904) 241-9026 or emailing bkmark at bellsouth dot net. Then they'll call me and say, Kristin, get your ass out here and sign this, and I'll be tickled pink, because the Bookmark is only a block from the sea, and I always like a good excuse to go to the sea.

In other news, sometime in the next week I need to record an interview for an audio podcast, and one of the questions is about what I'm reading. I want to answer the question honestly, but I find myself in a pickle. I hope someone can help me. Anyone know how these peeps pronounce their names?:
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk and author of many things, including Peace Is Every Step. My sister, secret code name Apocalyptica, pronounces it Thick Snot, but I'm thinking that might be wrong.
  • Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels. The French way? The English way? Some third way I haven't thought of?
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the author of Flow and Creativity. Really. That's his name.
If no one can help me then I'm either going to have to lie about what I'm reading, boldly mispronounce things, or quick-get-through-these-books in the next few days and move on to books by people named Cat and Pot. (I don't actually mind lying. It's just that I'm reading good books, and I want to talk about them. And I'd rather not sound like an idiot in the process.)

Finally, the other day at sunset, I saw a baby blue heron. It was walking along the river all floppy, lifting its knees practically above its head -- as if its feet were too big. And it was so small, and so very blue. Wonderful! Welcome, baby heron, to the world!

And Graceling, welcome to you, too. It's been a long gestation.

18 comments:

alex milway said...

Congratulations! On both having your book out AND reading books by authors with complicated names. Chevalier is said the french way, I think. But I'm not qualified to help with the rest!

Arora said...

Yay! Double yay!

Thich Nhat Hanh sounds like "teek not hand" but without the "d" on "hand".

Amanda said...

yay for graceling spottings! it has been a long gestation:) arora gave you the pronunciation of the only one i'm sure of. good luck!

cnoocy said...

Apparently it's "chick-sent-me-high-ee". I suppose the full name is "me-high-ee chick-sent-me-high-ee".

cnoocy said...

Further research (specifically the IPA transcription on the Wikipedia page) indicates that it's ME-high chick-SENT-me-high-ee.

kristin cashore said...

Okay, you guys are officially AWESOME. Thank you for the pronunciations!!

ShaggyRed said...

You're also at WHSmith in the UK - so a global hurrah!

kristin cashore said...

Shaggyred, do you mean you saw it in an actual store?! (Or online?) Either way, that's an exciting sighting. :o)

cindy said...

congratulations on your debut! how exciting! i've added graceling to my wishlist and look forward to reading it!

Linda said...

I got a copy for our school library at Nicola's books in Ann Arbor, Michigan. So it must be just about everywhere. How very exciting for you.

ken d. said...

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is pronounced "meh-HA-lee sizz-meh-HA-lee."

Friend of mine has spoken with him a few times.

Great books, BTW!

kristin cashore said...

Thanky thanky, everyone! :o) I hope it doesn't disappoint.

Barrie said...

I'll have to see if I can spot Graceling in my local bookstore!

Wasn't sure whether or not you've see this great review of Graceling! http://mynameiskate.typepad.com/at_home/2008/08/book-review-gra.html

Alison said...

I can vouch for the fact that Graceling can currently be spotted at Wellesley Booksmith, where I'm already handselling it with reckless abandon (and great success too)! Thank you for "gracing" our shelves with such a fantastic book! - alison morris (Children's Book Buyer and PW Blogger)

kristin cashore said...

HI BARRIE! Thanks for the review link, and thanks for stopping by! How are things going as your own release nears? ^_^

Alison, your note brought a smile to my face. Thank you so much! :o)

Anonymous said...

Graceling Spotting: Chapters and Indigo, in Toronto,CANADA.

Congratulations,most people in my English class who read the book "Twilght" also read Graceling.I just thought I'd let you know that it's more popular than you think. : P
P.S. I love your book, I'm doing my culminative essay on it,wish me luck. :P
- Jo ("some sort of name") No worries:I am not an android : P

kristin said...
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kristin cashore said...

Jo, thanks for writing in and for letting me know about the Graceling spotting! I'm flattered and thrilled that you're writing about my book. Also, just randomly, I LOVE Toronto. One of my favorite bags to carry around is a Toronto Public Library bag. :o)