Oprah magazine selects The Geometry of God as "One of Twenty Books for the Armchair Traveler."

Who would have thought?

First a rave review of The Geometry of God in O magazine. Next O's Book Club does a Reading Questions feature. And now Geometry is selected as "one of twenty" to take with you on vacation and travel. Three separate mentions - thanks, O!

Read more here:

Even if like me you've never read an e-book ...

... might be time to start, with Dave's The Gamble of the Godless, book one of the series titled The Chronicles of Avin.
And if you're e-book savvy, why stop now?!

Dave began The Gamble 15 years ago, while we were living in Morocco. This interview will fill you in: http://indiebookblogger.blogspot.com/2011/08/interview-with-david-maine-author-of.html

You can also check out his website, http://www.thechroniclesofavin.com/

And buy the book on amazon (or a bunch of other sites listed on his site): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FR0A26/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_ng0oob0DJPC4S

And I know I'm biased, but I read the first two books in the series back when Dave first began writing them, and though I don't know much about the genre, these were hugely enjoyable. I love the animals, I love the humor, and I love the spiritedness of the writer.

And, oh, I like the cover.

Tehelka's Fiction Issue

Tehelka, one of India's finest weekly magazines, has just released a special noir fiction issue. There are 13 contributors, including me. Great to find myself in there.

Click here to see the contents page of the issue: http://www.tehelka.com/home/20110108/default.asp

Fall Round-up 2010

Very Belatedly, thank you to everybody who came to hear me speak/read/fumble in San Francisco back in October, for the Granta 112 launch at Lit Crawl, Modern Times Bookstore. One person, with a lovely blog called Girl in Fog City, made a video of me during the Q & A. Watch if you dare! (I didn't dare for several weeks.)

Her blog about Lit Crawl was wonderfully detailed and fun:

Thank you also to Revolution Books in Berkeley for hosting a small but very lively reading of The Geometry of God. Reiko Redmonde does a terrific job organizing these events. All who live in Berkeley, I'm jealous.

I had a blast at the Marin School events, particularly the morning event, attended by very smart students. After I read an extract from "Ice, Mating," they asked some of the best questions I've ever been asked. Special thanks to Kieran Biz for his warmth and enthusiasm.

A lot's been written on the Granta issue (good, bad, & mixed reviews); here's a sprinkling:

One last thing. Granta asked its contributors to write on their Best Books of 2010. I chose Touch by Adania Shibli: http://www.granta.com/Online-Only/Best-Books-of-2010-Fiction If you didn't hear of this gem last year, you can still run out and buy a copy.

Happy New Year.