Archive for July, 2008
My editor, Jon Karp, just let me know that we’ve licensed Simplified Chinese rights (Mainland China) to Shanghai Sanhui Culture & Press. Which is very very exciting. Yay. Even if fortune cookies won’t be sold in China, a book about them will be. The best part of foreign rights is how they are titled and [...]
I got this funny wontonÂ story over e-mail: I just moved to a new place, and as part of my move, I had to pick a new phone number. So of course, being the kind of person I am, I spend 3 hours last week when I should have been unpacking a) doing research into [...]
This photo was sent to me by a reader. General Tso continues with his brand extension. He has his own type of chip available at Whole Foods. I’ve seen now, General Tso’s tofu, General Tso’s pizza, General Tso’s chipotle sauce, General Tso’s sushi, General Tso’s duck and now General Tso’s potato chips. (My favorite of [...]
Fortune Cookie Chronicles is now technically an award-winning book! (Though not because of me.) The cover, done by Anne Twomey, won in the book cover illustration category of the Communication Arts Magazineâ€™s 49th Annual Design Competition. Being a word (and not a design) person, I went to suss out what this competition was all about. [...]
So my friend at the City Council sent me this screenshot. Apparently my blog (this blog) has been blocked by Websense for being a “sex” site, which I find endlessly amusing. Maybe the “in bed” aspect of fortune cookies is coming to the fore? (I wrote an article about Web Sense and Saudi Arabia back [...]
This is next week… Harvardwood is pleased to present our first-ever publishing industry panel event! The panel will feature authors Ceridwen Dovey ’03 (Blood Kin), Jennifer Lee ’99 (The Fortune Cookie Chronicles), and Nancy Redd ’03 (Body Drama), publishing manager and acquiring editor at Penguin Publishing Molly Barton, and Jennifer Joel ’98, book agent at [...]
I saw Derek Shimoda’s The Killing of the Chinese Cookie this week, and I make a brief cameo (as do some of my fortune cookies from around the world). It is when I am in Japan (Kyoto/Osaka area)Â getting my fortune cold at a shrine connected with fortune cookies through the tsujiura technique of watching [...]
Sorry for the lapse of blogging. I’ve been coming out of orbit and been busy, well, not doing anything to do with the book for like 10 days (which was lovely)Â — this basically included blogging. (Lots of life transition now.) This week book is back in full force. Wednesday at the Harvard Club, Thursday [...]
Clues from July 1, 2008 New York Times crossword. 39 Down: General on Chinese menus 60 Down: Kung _____ chicken Crossword writer must have been hungry.
Derek Shimoda’s The Killing of a Chinese Cookie is playing in the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City this month. Two screenings: July 12, Saturday, 1 p.m. @ The Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue and again on Monday, July 14 @Â 7:30 p.m. at theÂ Maysles Cinema @ 343 Malcolm X Blvd, [...]
Another humorous Chinese menu typo, send to me by a blog reader.
I noticed a few weeks ago that people were landing at my blog with search of just “fortune cookie” so I was curious where the book was on Google’s search results. It looks like I snuck onto the front page of results. I don’t even sell fortune cookies.