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.