A short disquisition on the cover of my book

April 21st, 2021 | Uncategorized

In which I explain a bit of the concept.

It’s always a strange experience to hold in my hands the freshly printed copy of a book I’ve been laboring over for years. The realization that I can no longer make any changes is a bit confounding. The finality of it! Another nail in the coffin. What’s done is done. And of course, now what?

Well, I won’t have time to worry about that just yet given the barrage of interviews and podcasts I’m doing to publicize the book. And soon I will post here the glamorous book tour events that I will be doing virtually from my basement.

I’m sorry to hawk the book one more time, but I must do what I can to get people to pre-order. If you are so inclined, here are some places where you can do it. The Strand has a lovely special page up for it and is selling signed copies. And you can also get it from your local independent bookstore via Indiebound. And of course all the other places.

13 Responses to “A short disquisition on the cover of my book”

  1. Ruth Horowitz says:

    Mazel tov!!! What a wonderful moment for you to have reached, at last. There really is nothing like holding that actual book in your hands for the first time. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. (And what an interesting explanation of the cover!)

  2. Rick Woodward says:

    I’m looking forward to it. I grew up in Lock Haven, now live in Scotland, and am a big fan of your work! All the best!

  3. William Burnworth says:

    Thanks, I ordered mine and am very excited!

  4. Megan Wilson says:

    I just finished reading Are you my Mother about 15 minures ago. Read back to back with Fun Home. Loved them. And so was doin a wee search to see if you’d written anything else. And found this post only one hour old. Congratulations. Look forward to when it gets to New Zealand.

  5. Aneliese says:

    Thank you for the preview! And nice to hear your thoughts about it. Looking forward to this book, especially the “numinous” aspects. Love that word. 🙂

  6. NLC says:

    Aneliese:: Yes! Not to mention “faux sumi-e”.
    (What more could a logophile ask for?)

  7. Diamond says:

    Terrific review in the Guardian yesterday:

    Review by Rachel Cooke

    I’m now off to order a copy from my local independent bookshop, recently re-opened after the best part of a year in lockdown here in my north of England city. On Lesbian Visibility Day too! Thank you, Alison.

  8. Jain Elliott says:

    The reviewers have copies! What a great review! Do you think I should call my bookstore, from whom I pre-ordered in March, to ask if they have copies, too, and would like me to pick mine up early? Would that be rude?

  9. NLC says:

    Jain Elliot:: It couldn’t hurt to ask. But 1] it’s pretty standard practice for reviewers to get special “advanced copies”. And 2] most bookstore owners I’ve known who were shipped early copies of books (that is, so that the they could sell copies on the day they were actually released) always told me that they were under strict contractual orders not to sell them early.

  10. Aneliese says:

    NLC :: “faux sumi-e” is good too! ?

  11. Joanna Bryson says:

    Of course today the guardian headline after I pulled out of reading the review was “let the bodies pile high” but otherwise sounds great!

  12. Jain Elliott says:

    I was calling to order a different book, so while I was on the phone I asked, and they laughed. “We open at 10:00 on Tuesdays,” they said. “It will be here, well, it will be available, then.”

  13. Salvital says:

    Woohooo. Mine has been sent! How long to get to Oz is anyone’s guess. Happy days.