We work pretty hard here at Daily Grommet. Finding and telling folks about awesome product discoveries is both exciting and exhausting. But boy oh boy, do we have some fun around here, too. This month's highlight was hosting the perfectly delightful and world-famous author Jane Hamilton.
It's the rare reader who hasn't heard of Jane Hamilton. She's big-time good. Two of her books were Oprah picks: The Book of Ruth and Map of the World. To quote Jules: "Imagine our delight when Jane’s publicist called and asked us to help launch her latest book, Laura Rider’s Masterpiece. She sent an advance copy, I devoured it, loved it, and we gave it the green light." Jules seriously loved this new book, and I can't wait to dive into my own copy.
Jane dropped by today to comment and answer questions in our "Talk about this Grommet" section between myriad signings, readings and travel plans (thanks, Jane!). I encourage you to take a look at our comments page, but I just have to share with you my favorite excerpt from Jane. In response to Sandy's question about what she does when she hits a "writing rut":
I think it's important to show up for work every day, but it's also important to take a nap if your brain isn't firing, and if the work isn't going well it's important to ask why. Is your writing boring you? If it is, why? Are you running on empty? Then read a great book or listen to music, or go to the movies, or take a walk.
What great advice! We would all do well to remember it. Thanks, Jane, for being so funny, for writing books we love, for being a good sport (think back stoop...), and for visiting. We sure hope we'll cross paths again soon.