Thursday, May 5, 2011

Long Island Library Conference and more recognition from Booklist!

Had a great time at the Long Island Library Conference this morning where I was the keynote speaker. You couldn't have asked for a better audience - about 700 book-lovers otherwise known as librarians. They kindly laughed at my jokes and kept the egg-throwing and hissing to a minimum. It was a blast.

Afterward, when I'd gotten into my car and checked my email, my editor informed me of another distinction from Booklist! Crossing was chosen as a Top Ten First Crime Novel! I think the coolest thing about this distinction is being lumped in with Paul McEuen for his novel, Spiral. I just finished reading it and it was tres awesome. It certainly helped that McEuen - a Cornell professor - gave lots of detailed description about Ithaca in general and the Cornell campus in particular. It was, as the Japanese say, natsukashi.


  1. Andrew, thanks for the shout-out! I'm going to pick up your book ASAP! Paul

  2. andrewxiafukudaMay 6, 2011 at 4:46 AM

    Thanks, Paul! I've been recommending your book like crazy to those around, quoting from that amazing Booklist review: "the most gripping and engrossing thriller this reviewer has ever read in almost 50 years of thriller reading."

  3. Sheri Beckerman WeiszMay 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    You gave a great talk at the Long Island Library Conference. The only "awful" part was hearing about the real events that you drew inspiration from for "The Crossing." I wish things like that only happened in books...but I guess it wouldn't be so interesting if there wasn't that glimmer of reality...

    My son and I enjoyed meeting you at the conference. I'm still waiting for him to finish the book so we can discuss it! I'm looking forward to starting the trilogy next year. Meanwhile, I will recommend "The Crossing" to other readers every chance I get.

  4. Thanks Sheri! It was nice meeting you as well!