for The Mathematician’s Shiva online. They ask questions. I answer them. Then they ask questions that I don’t answer. And as for me, it’s a new year and I’m back to working on a new book. Ahhhhh.
TMS is #13 on the SF Chronicle bestseller list. It’s #9 on the ABA South bestseller list and #39 nationwide (highest so far; been in the top 50 for three weeks). Books-A-Million is making it a Book Club pick for December (Thank you!). So far, it has all been about handselling in brick and mortar stores. It’s as if Amazon doesn’t exist. No national media reviews. No national media buzz. Yet somehow it’s selling extremely well because apparently word of mouth trumps all. And Penguin has ordered a second printing. Amazing. I am grateful beyond words.
for recommending The Mathematician’s Shiva on SF Gate. Also thanks to Berkeley’s Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore for their recommendation of TMS on their website. Staff picks have also come from The Book Cellar in Chicago, Square Books in Oxford, MS and elsewhere. Then there were the indie bookstores across the country that invited me to give readings last week and the week before. Then there are the indie bookstores that have invited me for readings in the months ahead. I note that indie bookstores and their enthusiastic sales staffs have been responsible for almost all the sales of The Mathematician’s Shiva since it came out on September 2nd. They’ve made Penguin happy. They’ve made me happy. I’m grateful to them big time.
The radio program is called Writers on Writing. The half-hour interview with me talking about the writing process and The Mathematician’s Shiva can be found here. I haven’t listened but my publicist really likes it.
It contains a link to Penguin’s Reading Group Guide (including glossary) for The Mathematician’s Shiva and also has information on arranging a Skype session with me for your book club.
Two weeks straight. Thanks to the Penguin sales reps and indie bookstore hand sellers who made this happen.