The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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  • Archive for April 7th, 2008

    4.85 stars on Amazon

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    Today I got my 20th review on Amazon (it’s a really short one though), so now the book has 17 five-star and 3 four-star ratings, which computes to 4.85 (and thus rounds up to 5 stars). I feel like I’m computing some kind of GPA.

    Yay Amy Harmon and Anne Hull.

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    Two friends, both women journalists whom I have admired very much for the humanity and narrative grace in their writing, won Pulitzers today: Amy Harmon of The New York Times and Anne Hull of The Washington Post. Amy Harmon won for her series on the age of DNA in the category of explanatory reporting. Anne […]

    My first reported airplane sighting…

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    An email from a friend, Dan Rosenheck. I’ve had subway/BART/commuter transit sightings before, but this is new. Yay. I’m sitting down at JFK next to this girl who’s flying down to Buenos Aires…and she’s ripping open a copy of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles! She said she got it because she’s a fan of your work […]

    Doing an all-day radio tour…by phone

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    Today I am doing an insane tour by phone set up via Newman Communications, a PR firm that specializes in (among other things) literary radio and satellite television tours. They essentially hook you up with radio programs  (mostly live, some pre-taped) coast to coast on a very tight schedule. It has to be done over […]

    My first (and only?) review in a college paper, the Harvard Crimson

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    Denise Xu of The Harvard Crimson writes a largely flattering review of my book. (It’s my alma mater paper). Her quibbles again concern  the structure and the overwhelming amount of information. Imagine if it didn’t have the fortune cookie thread to tie it all together (Ihe original proposal did not), how much more confusing it would […]

    Projections are I will get my life back in about late June…

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    Based on my calendar. Apologies to everyone who is falling by the wayside :(.

    So you want to publish a book? Panel discussion tomorrow, April 8

    Monday, April 7th, 2008

    The New York Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is holding a panel tomorrow, called “So you want to publish a book? A panel for your book publishing fantasies to come true.” We will cover:   ·         What do you need to get started? ·         How much research is required? ·         Common mistakes writers […]