Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Best. Day. Ever.

I am exhausted. There are an appalling number of blisters on my feet (curse you, seductively cute new shoes), and I think I may have lost my voice.

I do not care. I feel like a rock star.

And not just because the Stories event was amazing. (Which it was, and when I am coherent, I will try to post about it.) But because you guys are amazing.

For all of you who called, or emailed, or tweeted, or used some form of communication to tell me you bought Stories or you liked "A Life in Fictions," thank you. My wonderful friends, Ellen and Delia, who took me to dinner, and then came to the event for moral support, even though they were exhausted from travel - you made today wonderful. Thank you. Everyone at Columbia tonight who introduced themselves, said kind words to me, asked me to sign your book (!), thank you. Even with a coherent brain, I would not be able to adequately describe what your support means to me.

So I'll just say it again: You are amazing. Thank you.


  1. Hi Kat.

    I went to the event at Columbia last night, and was not expecting to buy Stories because I already have four shelves filled with books I am waiting to read.

    You read me "A Life in Fictions", I say me, because it felt so intensely real and personal, like a recorded therapy sessions, and left the event with book in arm.

    Listen, you me, don't stop writing.

    I wrote about you in a blog I keep with my best friend Leah.

    Leah's an M.A. Student in Creative writing, and I'm an M.A. at Columbia in Arts Administration. We were both blown away.

    Even though your panel last night said the opposite, I really don't think universities are where literature goes to die, but where taste and appreciation goes to be cultivated.

  2. Keren - thank you! For your lovely words here, and on your blog. I am thrilled you liked the story enough to buy the book. (There is some truly awesome stuff in there. I think you'll find some amazing things.)

    And I had begun a very long response to your last comment, about universities and literature, and realized it would be a better post in itself. So, soon.

  3. Kat:

    I'm a student at Columbia, and I was at the event last night. Your story was amazing, and you were such a great reader, too, which was awesome(some people shouldn't be allowed to read stories out loud). So I bought the book, even though I wasn't going to.

    Point is: Congrats on your published story! It's great!

  4. My original post never made it on here this morning, but it went something like this:

    Congrats on your first publication! Excuse me, your first publication in an antho. An antho with Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Walter Mosley (among other greats)! I feel like I should be envious, but I'm just in awe. You were amazing. To boot, you're reading was passionate and well, just awesome. My friend and I traveled 4 hours from Philly to go see Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill read at Columbia University, but left with new literary loves.

    I went to ask for your autograph, but was so star-struck that I just dryly mumbled, "Thanks for coming. Can't wait to read your story" and dashed to the restroom.

    (My first entry was more articulate, but I'm in the midst of writing a paper on contemporary tragedy.)

  5. Lila, Shane, thank you so much. I'm thrilled that you guys enjoyed the reading, and I'm glad you liked the story. I really appreciate you taking the time to say so. (Or in Shane's case, to say so twice - sorry it ate your entry, and good luck on the paper.)

  6. Hi Kat,

    I was at the Columbia event as well, and while the whole evening was something that I'll remember and cherish forever, hearing you read a segment from your story was a true highlight. You really have a storyteller's voice -- both warm and enchanting.

    I wish you the best of luck with your writing career!

    P.S. I ended up buying "Stories" because I was so intrigued with "A Life in Fictions," and I needed to find out how it ends.

  7. Robert - thank you. And I hope you like the story once you know how it ends.