Here’s a little video I helped with at SIBA 2013. It’s a Book is a children’s book to explain what a book is. Give it to your tween, or save your grade-schooler before it’s too late!
It’s an honor to be nominated! Cliche, yes, but also true. Whistling Past the Graveyard has been nominated in the Historical Fiction category long with Amy Tan, Colum McCann, Philipp Meyer, Kate Atkinson and more. Big names, to be sure, so Whistling Past the Graveyard is sure to be a long shot.
But if you loved Starla and want her to move to the next round, Vote for Whistling Past the Graveyard in the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards!
An honor to be nominated, indeed!
First round ends November 9, so vote soon!
Whistling Past the Graveyard was picked by Marian’s Library for their fall harvest of recommended reads. It’s an honor to be included with other great authors like Tom Franklin (whose The Tilted World, which he wrote with his wife, poet Beth Ann Fennelly, is a novel we’re anxiously awaiting), Jo Nesbo, Julie Kibler and the rest!
AudioFile has awarded the Whistling Past the Graveyard audio book with their Earphone Award (Phonie?) for September 2013. AudioFile awards Earphones to truly exceptional presentations that excel in all the following criteria:
- Narrative voice and style
- Vocal characterizations
- Appropriateness for the audio format
- Enhancement of the text
Amy Rubinate brought all that and more to her performance! She did such a great job bringing Starla to life. All the credit in the world to her for a phenomenal reading… If only she were available to do all the live readings on book tours…
Whistling Past the Graveyard Audio Preview
Whistling Past the Graveyard is headed toward its third hardcover printing at Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster!
We’ve been looking for first editions, and have not been able to come up with any, so if you find one, snap it up!
How can you tell if it’s a first edition? It’s easy. All first editions of Whistling Past the Graveyard are clearly marked “FIRST EDITION” on the publishing page (you know, the one with all the copyright stuff, library organizational information and that all publishing occurs in New York) that we never read because the narrative is really bad. For some reason not all books are marked in a similar fashion. Nobody seems to know why.
But you can also identify a first edition of Whistling from ten feet away. How? Look for the teal paper under the dust jacket.
Gallery Books was so excited about the release that they spent extra on some really nice teal paper that blends in well with the jacket artwork. They haven’t been able to get any more in time for the reprints, so the second editions are tan and we’re soon to find out what color the third editions will be.
Susan Crandall and Whistling Past the Graveyard are mentioned along Chuck Klosterman’s latest, I Wear the Black Hat in a Chicago Tribune article entitled “There is evil in the world … and good!”
Article author Liz Smith says of Whistling Past the Graveyard:
“I just closed a new book by the prolific Susan Crandall (she has written nine novels!) It is titled “Whistling Past the Graveyard” and is the latest pride and joy of its publishers — again, Simon and Schuster. This is a work of imagination in the mind of a 9-year-old child that might remind you of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” or Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help.”
It’s a real winner!”
Not too shabby! The entire article is an interesting read, as Smith weaves events from Whistling, I Wear the Black Hat and 30 Rock to tell tales of good and evil from her own life. It’s worth a look if you’ve got the time.
Susan Crandall in Chicago
We’d be remiss to mention the Tribune and leve out Susan’s upcoming visit to the Book Cellar in Chicago on September 27, 2013. She will be doing a reading and a signing in her old stomping grounds (she lived in Chicago for seven years almost a lifetime ago)! Event details can be found on the 9-27-2013 Book Cellar event page here at SusanCrandall.net.
The Tennessean ran a great article on Susan Crandall and Whistling Past the Graveyard. Well worth a look if you’ve got the time!