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Saturday, September 21, 2002
posted by Jen at 9/21/2002 06:38:00 PM

Party alert!

Inspired by the antics on "Sex and the City" (okay, not really), my publisher, in conjunction with Vogue magazine, is throwing an NYC launch party for IN HER SHOES....and you're invited!

The party's at the Kenneth Cole store in SoHo (597 Broadway, near Houston), on Wednesday, October 2nd. It starts at 6 p.m., and there will be mingling and food (including, I think, little shoe-topped cupcakes!), and then I'll do a little reading at 6:45 or so and sign books. There will also be some kind of promotion going on (buy X dollars' worth of shoes, get the book free). The party is open to the public. And my Nanna will be in the house!

So if you live in New York, I hope you'll come. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

What else can I tell you? That there's a reason I'm not a model. Okay, there are probably many, many reasons I'm not a model, but I learned, about two hours into my six-hour People photo shoot, that I just don't have the patience for having my picture taken over and over and over again....not to mention the waiting that goes on in between shots, locations, and set-ups. Wendell, however, is a total champ, and aside from the occasional motorcycle-inspired bark-fit, is perfectly happy to pose for hours on end, even putting himself into dangerous or precarious situations for the sake of getting the perfect shot. My favorite pictures were the last ones the photographer took. They cleared off the mantel in my study and stuck Wendell on top of it -- essentially forcing him to do a doggie version of a balance-beam walk, while I leaned next to him and tried to look casual, sultry, flirty or friendly, and probably just wound up looking tired, bored and uncomfortable. We'll see how the shots turn out, but I've got a feeling that Wendell's going to look great, and me, not so much.

Final note -- if you get a chance to see "Hairspray," you definitely should. Adam and I saw it last night, and it was really, really great. Funny and uplifting, with its heart totally in the right place. And Harvey Fierstein is hysterical.
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Thursday, September 19, 2002
posted by Jen at 9/19/2002 08:56:00 AM

And now, a publication day haiku:

Oh, Anna Quindlen
Why B&N have big stacks
of your book, not mine?

Thank you. Thank you very much. Be sure to tune in tomorrow, when I will dazzle the crowds by rhyming the world "Palahniuk." And I will tell you all about my six-hour photo shoot with People magazine which involved, among other things, Wendell perching on my shoulder (and digging his nails into my back), and me crouching by a fire hydrant, trying to look "pleasant" for twenty minutes. Favorite snippet of dialogue:

Photographer: "Can you try to look sultry?"
Me (attempting sultry look)
Photographer: "Um....sultrier than that?"
Me: (trying for sultrier than that)
Photographer: "Okay, I think we're all done at this location."

Oh, dear.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2002
posted by Jen at 9/17/2002 09:48:00 AM

And now for some happier news....IN HER SHOES is in your stores! (Yes, I've been waiting a year and a half to say that). And it's on sale at lots of places -- 30 percent off at Amazon, 20 percent off at Barnes & Noble.com, and I think it's going to be discounted at big chain bookstores, and hopefully some independents, too.

I've added a few new tour stops. On Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m., I'll be at the Barnes & Noble in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m., I'll be in Vero Beach, at the Vero Beach Book Center. And I'll be in Portland, Maine, at the Portland Public Library on Wednesday, November 20, at noon.

Last but not least, People magazine is taking my picture tomorrow. They're going to be reviewing IN HER SHOES, and they want a "warm portrait" of me to go along with the review. Which of course fills me with trepidation. For one, I cringe at the idea of posing for a cutesy People picture which would run below a less-than-warm review. Which happens -- they got poor Allegra Goodman to pose in an adorable sundress, in what looked like her back yard, and then trashed her book completely.

Then, of course, is the inevitable hair-and-makeup scramble, complicated by the tan I picked up in Cape Cod, which looked great two days ago but has now caused my nose to peel. And what am I supposed to wear, exactly? Do I get dressed up? Do I wear what I normally wear? Do I wear the really beautiful sweater I bought at Nordstrom, even though it's 85 degrees here?

And, most importantly of all, do you think they'll let Wendell be in the picture? I really hope so. He's much more photogenic than I am.
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