The chocolate cupcakes were snapped up quickly at my launch party at Collected Works on October 6th.  Writer and former student Judi Hendricks put together a set of scintillating questions for a great conversation.  I was pleased to see friends in the chairs and even more so to sign books.  Actual books are rare these days.  Some people--I'm one of them--can't let go of the old fashioned kind you hold in your hand.  There is something unmistakably wonderful about cracking open an unread book.  The last two books I bought were Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, a book beloved by my writer friends, one I somehow missed, and Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox.  I try to buy at least one writer I haven't heard of every time I go book shopping.  Probably silly, but I like new writing and feel a responsibility as a teacher to keep up with trends so as to help new writersand also see what's meaningful the generations after me.

I wrote an article for New Mexico Magazine on Santa Fe Style, which about killed me.  I have the utmost respect for journalists.  Their writing is so very different from fiction.  Which is a sly way of saying it was VERY HARD for me and as a result for Tired Husband, too.  Monday they are sending a photographer to my house.  They want me to dress up in vintage Western clothing, which should be fun.  Keeping the tiny greyhounds from biting, pooping, and or making a terrible racket should be the hardest part.  I've been shopping for a few new togs on EBay.  Not a lot of call for me to dress up, but I sure do enjoy it.  My latest find was a mid-thigh length military coat that has beaded, fringed epaulets.  I bought a yellow three tier skirt at Dillard's to go with it. My Old Gringop Golandritas will make a perfect complement.  And speaking of Old Gringo...

Guess where I'm headed while in California next week?  I'll tell you after I've been there and back.  I am so excited to see where I'm going.

Reading: ARC of Cinthia Ritchie's first novel, Dolls Behaving Badly
Watching: Season 4 of Breaking Bad
Wondering: How my son is doing in Bethel, AK, where he is at his first job of being an RN (Winter is Coming)
Anticipating: My mom's upcoming 90th birthday, getting back to writing Owen's Daughter
Hoping: For some decent book sales so I can afford the tiny greyhounds, World Peace.

More later,

Just finished Finding Casey - LOVED IT!! There is something about your writing that just reels me into the story and setting. Enjoy your book tour - wish you were coming to Chicago.


Hello J., I am so excited to find you again and a new book to read!
I was just looking on Amazon and your books on my shelves called to me, so I looked you up! My two all time favorites are Hank & Chloe and The Wilder Sisters! Once my friend and I read Sisters we would decide who would play the different parts if a movie was ever made! Too bad, it never came to pass, as all the actors we picked are too "mature" now! Hugs to you! C.


That picture is SO adorable! And I'm glad you're working on the followup to BLUE RODEO. I only hope Owen will be able to bring both parts of his family -- Skye and Margaret -- together to form a cohesive whole.

gayle killingbeck

You are amazing. Love your babies...very photogenic. I just read Finding Casey. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read more by you. Not surprising you hang with Hendricks! I make the most amazing bread with her recipe from Bread Alone. You rock lady! Hope to meet you someday.


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    Hi.  I’m Jo-Ann Mapson, writer and the author of 11 novels.  My latest book is Finding Casey, from Bloomsbury Publishers.  I teach in University of Alaska Anchorage’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.  I’m owned by three Italian greyhounds, Henry, Piper & Rufous, and married to the love of my life, artist Stewart Allison.  I’m addicted to 2 things: Diet Cherry Coke and Old Gringo Boots.


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