Post-NPR Update & a contest for poets

Post-NPR Update & a contest for poets

Update post State of Things interview. First of all, I’m seeing a real dearth of “You sounded exactly like Lauren Bacall” comments. What is up with that? Are you off eating Valentine’s chocolate instead of bolstering my ego?

And second, they are hosting the FIRST ever giveaway on North Carolina Public Radio’s The State of Things, in honor of Blame It on Paris. If you are poetically inclined, you may go submit a love sonnet, by Feb 16. Top two winners will receive a copy of Blame It on Paris.

How many copies of Blame It on Paris are being given away this week, then? FIVE. Two on The State of Things. Three on Dee and Dee Dish About Books. Bookstores are going to stop carrying me. They’ll say: What’s the point? She’s giving away 5 copies. How many people are left to BUY it?

Of course, I know YOU have all faithfully bought 10 copies already. But you can tell all your friends, so they can win.

  • dee

    Hey, sorry i missed you on NPR, but i was driving. I actually spent the night somewhere close to you, I think. We’re in Hillsborough, outside of Durham. What fun!

    And i will be getting that podcast, as soon as I figure out such things.

    Because i am totally sure that you sound JUST like Lauren Bacall, on her most gravelly voiced of days. Wasn’t she superb in “The Mirror has Two Faces”? or am I just showing my geekiness spouting off over a Barbra Streisand movie?

    February 15, 2007 at 7:53 am
  • Hillsborough is RIGHT by me! It’s a beautiful little town, too. Did you just stop in a hotel or with someone? Did you get a chance to walk around? See, if I had known I could have told you this great little French patisserie where you could get breakfast.

    February 15, 2007 at 11:13 am
  • Just listened to the podcast. Wow, you do sound Just Like Lauren Bacall, in addition to looking like Veronica Lake (only without the tragic history, of course). I hope Sebastien knows how lucky he is.

    February 15, 2007 at 4:53 pm
  • Do I detect just a smidgen of insincerity in the “Just Like Lauren Bacall”? And how could you tell I looked just like Veronica Lake from a radio interview? You are VERY PERCEPTIVE. Preternaturally perceptive, even.

    February 15, 2007 at 5:45 pm
  • Your picture’s on your home page. And no, no insincerity – I am wounded that you would question my motives thusly, especially after the “smug” bit on the post-crêpe post. Besides, you asked for Lauren Bacall comparisons, and I am nothing if not accommodating (um, that hooting you hear is my husband and sons. Just ignore them).

    February 16, 2007 at 5:08 pm
  • OK, Alala is my new BFF for saying my actual picture looks like Veronica Lake. Even if she did gloat about Belmandel. 🙂 Also, she is my new BFF for suggesting SÉBASTIEN is the lucky one. Because generally my friends and family hint it might be the other way around.

    I am ignoring your husband and sons’ hooting. Guys NEVER realize how accommodating the woman is being. If they could only have a clearer perception of how much we’re putting up with…

    February 16, 2007 at 6:03 pm
  • I REALLY did want to write a love sonnet to your book!
    But I discovered your blog 3 hours before the due date and I mostly write (if that word dare be used) ridiculous rhyming limmericks…
    I’m having the best time reading BIOP(Blame It On Paris) and I’ll put it up in my sidebar and write about it.
    I knew it had to be true. No question about it.
    I read it in a non-sequential way, mostly on the subway.
    Only the best books can be read this way, so please don’t be annoyed…
    I’ve found Sébastion’s computer art=looks terrific!
    Would you consider showing him from the back view?
    One foot perhaps?
    Anything..not fair to keep us hanging that way..

    February 17, 2007 at 6:19 am
  • Bonjour, Carol! I love your blog. I think I discovered it clicking from Mimi’s French Kitchen in America blog.

    Everyone, Carol (ParisBreakfasts) is a watercolor artist, and on her blog she posts all these wonderful photos of these little beautiful details of Paris and then the beautiful watercolor inspired by these details.

    This past week, in honor of Valentine’s, she did this whole series using all these boxes of chocolate from famous Parisian chocolatiers. It was mouth-wateringly beautiful. And then at the end of the week…wait for it…she GAVE all the boxes away STILL FULL OF CHOCOLATE to people like her concierge. It was like reading one of those gorgeously written literary novels, you know the kind, where you spend the whole book wrapped up in the prose and characters and then the best-loved character gets killed off the second-to-the-last page.

    The linguists out there will notice that that’s not even correct use of the English language. You can’t use chocolate as the object of the preposition “away”, as in “give away.” Unless maybe you make a complete sentence like “give away chocolate to Laura Florand.”

    NO back views of Sébastien! There is a photo of his forearms making crepes on this blog, but I deliberately cropped out his tush. I am just mean that way.

    February 17, 2007 at 8:06 am