It's the launch date of Bodies in Motion -- happy birthday, little book! May you have a long and flourishing life!
A long, detailed, positive review of BiM in the Boston Globe! Ending with: "'Bodies in Motion is a graceful, nimble book. With great care and affection, Mohanraj finds both beauty and lamentations in the disquieting, but revelatory, clash between custom and assimilation, between everything that came before and all that lies ahead." Yummy. I like me some beauty and lamentations. :-)
Many people have asked whether it's better to buy my book on Amazon (which is still offering a 32% discount today) or in a brick and mortar bookstore. I don't know, I'm afraid. I do know that it's better for my sales figures if you buy at a large chain rather than a tiny independent, because the tiny independents aren't generally NY-Times-reporting -- but I honestly don't really care. I feel strongly enough about supporting one's independent booksellers, even if I'm often too lazy to actually do it, that I will be just as happy if you buy your books at an independent store. Whatever's good for you, definitely including going to your local library and asking them to get a copy.
It is true that if you are planning to buy a copy (or five), that it's much better for me if you do so in the first week it's out. Like, now. :-) And if you want to start writing and posting those glowing Amazon reviews now, the ones I know you've been dying to write, I wouldn't complain.
Today I have a quiet morning, so I'm going to take my laptop downtown to a coffeeshop and work on the next book, rather than fretting about this one. Clearly the path of sanity...