Thursday, May 21, 2009

Month of Good News!

I love May! I love May! I can't say it enough.

May has always signalled new beginnings to me: It's the month I first moved to Montreal to start my first 'real' job after graduating from my Masters; the month I came to London. And now, it's the month where two amazing things have happened. I'll ration the good news for maximum impact (and annoyance, I'm sure).

So today is Good News Bit Number One:

I have a book being published!

24 Hours: London, an hour-by-hour listing to all the cool and crazy things there are to do in this city, is set to be released in the UK in August 2009 - with other parts around the world to (hopefully) follow! If you're in the UK, you can pre-order your copy through that behemoth beginning with A that I shall not mention for fear of annoying independent booksellers.

I kept it quiet in case something went awry, but now that the copy is laid out, the cover designed and it's 'pre-orderable', it might just be safe. The book was a ton of fun to write and research and it totally rekindled my love for the city. It is indeed a great place to live.

A few of the cool things in the book:

- London's ecological dance club, where the lights are powered by the movement of dancers on the dance-floor.

- The Kniterati, a monthly knitting book group.

- Colin Firth's coffee shop.

- An artists' collection funded by KLF with the money didn't burn (literally!).

- A 24-hour beigel shop once frequented by Mick Jagger.

-Ghost theatres, ghost hunting, and ghost stations.

And oh, so much more!

If you or someone you know is coming to London... well, you know what to do!


dan powell said...

Now that's what you call big news. Congratulations!

Michele said...

Congratulations! My next trip probably won't be until 2010, so I'm looking forward to your book as a guide.

Marsha said...

Thanks Dan and Michele! I'm excited!

Anita Davison said...

That explains all the snippets you have been bloging about the city - great stuff Marsha and many congratulations. Would you mind if I forwarded this to some author friends as they sometimes come to the UK and London is still the most fascinating city in the world - well to us Londoners it is!!

KimB said...

WOW Congrats Marsha!!!!!!

Did you know you were going to get published with this one (write it under a contract I mean?)
I can't wait to read it!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations! How did you decide on/find the publisher?

Nancy J. Parra said...

YEA! Congrats- jumping up and down for you. So cool- next time I go to London I'll have to buy and bring your book- Congrats!

Marsha said...

Thanks so much everyone! More details on the how it happened to come...

And Anita, please please please feel free to forward to anyone you know who might be coming to London - thanks!

Jas said...

Super! Every city should have this! (Send a copy or link to Cory Doctorow when it's ready; I think he'd like it, and perhaps link it on BoingBoing!)

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MikeH said...

Well done! You must be thoroughly chuffed!

Elle said...

Oh wow!! Congratulations! :D That's so exciting!