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Map on Seventeen.com!!!

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness! A Map of the Known World is featured on Seventeen magazine's web site (http://www.seventeen.com/fun-stuff/17-buzz/). I used to read Seventeen--now I'm in Seventeen! How totally cool.... This makes my month!

Please check it out and leave a comment on Seventeen's web site!



Well, where do I start? It's been a long time, yes, I know. And I have a really good excuse this time. I had surgery. Here's the harrowing (not really, very) story of my last month or so.

Here goes: Mid-April, I got sick...nasty cold, icky cough, heavy head that felt filled with stones. Overall, I felt gross. I went to the doctor and was told I had a sinus infection. Antibiotics, better.

Then a couple of weeks later, I rode my bike in the New York City Five Borough Bike Tour, and it was cold and rainy. I mean, I was soaked to the bone. I had a backpack wrapped in a plastic bag, and everything inside of it was soaked by the end of the ride. There was no relief from the cold and the wet. So, of course, I got sick all over again.

Went back to the doctor. Another course of antibiotics, and then a really, really bad stomachache. Back to the doctor. He sent me to a surgeon, who sent me for a CAT scan, which detected a mass in my colon. I went to a gastroenterologist, then for another battery of tests--many yucky. And ended up with a cancer diagnosis.

I was rushed to surgery, and the mass was removed, and guess what--it's not cancer! So, for the past month, I've been on a very scary, trippy roller coaster, which still doesn't feel entirely real to me. Very surreal--like it's happening to someone else. Even though there is some significant residual pain from the surgery. But it's real, and the ending is a happy one. A very happy, lucky one. And now I'm just recuperating from the operation, and watching Law & Order reruns and trying to catch up on all the emails and work that I got behind on.

Whew! I look forward to a summer of celebrating--celebrating life! I hope everyone is well and healthy and enjoying the start of summer!

Finally, sunshine

I finally took my bike out for a long ride (and it didn't break, which was exciting), and it was marvelous. Oh, I'm so happy fair weather is here. Now I am thoroughly pink and crispy, having forgotten to apply sunscreen. Hopefully it won't sting too badly.

Last week My Favorite Author ran a review of SONG OF THE SPARROW, which was absolutely lovely, and an interview with yours truly. Check them out here:
Review: http://myfavoriteauthor.blogspot.com/2009/04/review-song-of-sparrow-by-lisa-ann.html
and here:
Interview: http://myfavoriteauthor.blogspot.com/2009/04/author-interview-lisa-ann-sandell.html

I love how it's five o'clock in the evening and still broad daylight out! Yay!

Yay, yay, publication day!

Publication day was officially last Wednesday, but I'm still riding the high. Sadly, I was super sick last week and couldn't fully enjoy the excitement. But, now I'm all better (well, except for a pretty gross cough), and back online, back on my bike, back at work, back in the world. It's awesome.

If you guys read A Map of the Known World, or have any thoughts about it, or have seen it out in the world anywhere, drop me a line, leave a comment--anything! I want to hear from you. And don't forget about the online gallery...it's still up and it looks fabulous: www.photobucket.com/lisaannsandell

Finally, have you guys seen this before--it's pretty amazing! It's really cool to see what can be created, through collaboration and putting together the art of lots of people.

More artwork

Hi guys,
It's been a busy couple of weeks, between work and the NYC Teen Author Festival. The Biggest Teen Author Signing Ever at Books of Wonder last Sunday was really fun--a little bit of mayhem, but so awesome and fun.

I wanted to let everyone know that I've received some more artwork--some really striking photographs, which have been posted to the online gallery. Check out: http://photobucket.com/lisaannsandell.

And, if you're in the New York City area, remember that I'll be reading from my new book, A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD on Wednesday, April 1, at 6pm, at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library (425 6th Avenue @ 10th Street). Please come if you are in the neighborhood!

Thanks to Iris and Joanna for sending in their photos! And, guys, keep the artwork coming!


I'm Not Such a Closeted Geek

Hi everyone,
Check out the Not So Closet Geek blog Geek Fest this week for some awesome author guest blogs and giveaways. My post will be up on Friday. Visit http://not-so-cg.blogspot

Here's the Geek Fest Schedule:
Day One (Sunday)
Author Guest Blog- Zoe Marriot
Contest- Daughter of the Flames and The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
Author Note- Cassandra Clare
Author Guest Blog- Justina Chen Headley

Day Two (Monday)
Author Guest Blog- Lisa Mantchev
Author Guest Blog- Laurie Faria Stolarz
Contest- Signed 666 OR Signed Love is Hell (Both include a short story by Laurie Faria Stolarz...winner chooses which book they'd like to recieve)

Day Three (Tuesday)
Author Guest Blog- Eileen Cook
Contest- What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
Author Guest Blog- Jillian Cantor

Day Four (Wednesday)
Author Guest Blog- Tina Ferraro
Contest- How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro
Blogger Guest Blog- Hope of Hope's Bookshelf
Author Interview- Deb Caletti

Day Five (Thursday)
Author Guest Blog- Lauren Henderson
Contest- Kiss Me Kill Me and Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson
Author Note- Nancy Werlin
Blogger Guest Blog- Adele of Persnickety Snark

Day Six (Friday)
Author Guest Blog- Jody Gehrman
Author Guest Blog- Lisa Ann Sandell
Contest- Song of the Sparrow and (ARC) A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell

Art Gallery - now open!

As promised, the art gallery exhibition begins! 

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my new book A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD, I've asked readers, friends, fellow authors, and really, anyone who has an interest in art and a photo of a piece of artwork to share, to send along their work, and I'll post it online. Visit http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv185/lisaannsandell/?albumview=grid to check out the artwork that I've received so far. And please, send along whatever piece of art you'd like to share with the world, and at the end of this month, I'll pick three participating artists to receive an ARC of A MAP OF THE KNOWN WORLD! 

Thanks to everyone who has already sent in a piece!

I watched the Watchmen

Okay, so I stayed up until two o'clock in the morning and sat in an absurdly hot IMAX theater, lost an hour because of Daylight Savings and went to be at 6am to watch a movie I'd been anticipating with all the glee and excitement of a five year old looking forward to a carnival outing. Watchmen. I read the book about seven months ago and fell in love with it; it's one of the most intriguing, compelling, intelligent books I've read in a long, long time. Maybe ever. We forced ourselves to stay awake and I sat down in that stifling theater giddy and at the same time worried that I'd be very disappointed. The reviews had been mixed, but at the same time I was surprised to find that some of the reviewers were not just trashing the film, but they were really critical of the book (for instance, see the New York Times review: http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/03/06/movies/06Watc.html?scp=2&sq=watchmen&st=cse). To that I say, boo. And this gave me hope. Well, I enjoyed the first half of the movie, but I thought the second half was sort of ridiculous. The opening credits were stunning, and I loved the scenes of Nixon's war room--the way the director gave the setting and the revised history a solid contextual foundation. But the movie was cold. It felt hollow, and for such a deeply moving story to feel such was, in the end, disappointing. It could have been worse, I guess. Has anyone else seen it? I'm wondering what the movie is like for people who haven't read the book? What do you think?

Poll #1362127 Watchmen movie - friend or foe?

Is the Watchmen movie worth watching?

Maybe - I love the book too much to be a fair judge

Because I'm a Luddite

Okay, guys, I'm trying my first ever media embedding. If it works, it'll be very apropos. I'm having a technophobic kind of day.

Big screen, little screen

So I'm home today with what I think is a mild case of strep throat, and I'm loaded up on antibiotics, and all I've managed to do is watch Law & Order (there was a marathon on today--woo hoo!) and...well, that's about it. But the other day, I got out of the house and went to see "He's Just Not that Into You." What a turd. Really...I haven't been so insulted by a movie in a long time. Every girl was portrayed as either cartoonishly neurotic or stupidly ignorant. And everything was so superficial--the relationships, the characters, the situations. Ugh! And it was long...two hours, and it felt even longer. This was mildly amusing, though: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3392537369/

Has anyone else seen it? I'd love to hear from you if you have. Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!