Friday, February 10, 2006

Canal Place reopens

I just returned from the ribbon cutting at Canal Place, where the shops are open again for the first time since August 29th. On August 28th, I was bewildered by the sight of shops closing at two in the afternoon. Riding in the glass elevators, I turned to the young woman next to me and said, "I can't believe people are taking this so seriously." She agreed, "I'm not going anywhere. I'm spending the night on my boat."

There were three busloads of journalists for the ribbon cutting. They were all very hungry, judging by the frenzied grab for food prepared by one of the local hotel restaurants. And then they left.

But, of course, many of the shops actually aren't open again. The big chains are always the last to pitch in, so Starbucks is still closed, and others are waiting. In some cases, severe damage from looting has caused the delay: Kenneth Cole is scheduled to reopen in August, and Saks Fifth Avenue in November.

I'm not sure if it was the empty open stores or the exhibit of drawings by local children that made me want to crawl into bed. Or maybe it was the glass of champagne.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Countdown to The Dogs Who Found Me pub date

Publication is just a few weeks away, and things are starting to get busy. I spent Monday morning getting my photo taken with the (actual) dog who (literally) found me: Sula. The photographer from the Times-Picayune was impressed by Sula's well-trained response to the words kiss and smooch. From there I went on to spend some time talking to the Times-Picayune's books editor, Susan Larson, for a piece that will hopefully run before my first event here in New Orleans: a signing at Faulkner House on Sunday February 19th from 11am til 2pm, whcn the Barkus parade begins.

Other pieces coming soon:
A profile in Urban Dog
An excerpt in The Bark
A review in Dog Fancy
A mention in Harper's Baazar

I'm also still looking for some great dog rescue groups to promote at my events in the following West Coast cities, where I'll be making appearances in early March: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle. If you have any tips, you can email me at the address at the top of this page (replace the AT with @).

Monday, February 06, 2006

This why I don't have pet rabbits

World's Largest Rabbit
Originally uploaded by kfoz.
It is hard to say what is most terrifying in this photo, but I'm pretty sure that it is the feet.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Sara Gran and the Elements of Style

Today my friend Sara Gran and I are among the many authors featured in The Times Picayune's preview of spring books. Sara even has her head shot featured in the article. It made me realize that it was time to break my terrible habit of rarely mentioning her in my blog and of almost never linking to her blog, which I think I may have only mentioned during the days I was guestblogging over there. Some other things you should know about Sara:

1. Her new novel Dope is getting rave reviews everywhere, including in today's New York Times Book Review.

2. When you look her up on Amazon, the related link is "Elements of Style."

3. She and her boyfriend Bobby are in New York right now, where she'll be giving a reading at Partners and Crime tomorrow night (Monday February 6) at 7pm.