Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Mitali's Book News and Updates

Today's the release date of the paperback version of Rickshaw Girl, which makes me happy because more kids and libraries can afford it.

To underline the irony that defines the writer's life, yesterday I got "the letter" from Little Brown telling me that they're not going to print any more copies of The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen. A remainder notice has a different kind of sting than a rejection, and it sends me running to World Cat so I can remember that young readers can still meet Sunita in libraries. Now I have to decide how many books I want to rescue from the pit at seventy pennies a copy. Any suggestions?

Tomorrow I meet with a publicist to discuss the launch of First Daughter: White House Rules, releasing in nine days. It's the first time I'm investing in one of my titles with some cash for promotion. As an archetypical zero-gen immigrant, I usually I prefer to spend time instead of money by making trailers and blogging in my character's name. But as this is an election year, I feel I must give Sparrow her chance to be encountered in tweendom. I'll keep you informed.

7 comments:

Melissa said...

Get at least 100 copies to save and treasure! It'll always be out there, and that is something quite special.

Pooja said...

Congrats on the paperback release. Yay!

As for TN-SS-SLOSS, I am DEVASTATED. As I wrote on Paper Tigers last year: 'Stories about experiences similar to mine would have been helpful in fostering a sense of cultural pride and validation when I was only one of few South Asian Americans in my sleepy suburban town. Interestingly, The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen was first published in 1993 — wouldn't I have loved to have discovered this book then, when I was a freshman in high school? — under the title, The Sunita Sen Experiment. The Book was re-edited, re-titled, and re-released in 2005 because the publisher felt that "the time was perfect to re-introduce this Indian-themed novel about a young girl's heartfelt attempt to straddle her two worlds."'

Ack! Buy them all and figure out ways to get them into the hands of young people who NEED books like it.

anonybrown said...

I have to tell you Mitali, your TNSSSLOFSS was one of the reasons I really started getting into books about South Asians and their specific genre in books. You're the person who made me read the Namesake, and watch Kal Penn in the movie.
Hate to sound all cliche about and all fangirly, but your books changed my life. Like, seriously. I first read The Sunita Experiment back in what...5th grade? And I didn't understand it so much then. But then a few years ago, when I was an 8th grader, it really started making sense to me, and I could really relate--I had many of those same experiences!
So yes--you should definitely save them...you might change another girl's life and her taste in books. They deff did for me.
I'm also interested in how you're planning to release White House Rules...not the typical poster sent to bookstore/library thing right?

So yeah, anyways. Thanks :)

Little Willow said...

Congrats on the Rickshaw PB and fast-approaching release of White House Rules!

I'm so sorry to hear that Sunita is going OOP. I am sure that people would chip in, if need be, to get copies for their schools/libraries + charities/giveaways.

Mitali Perkins said...

Thanks so much for your support and sitting shiva with me for Sunita. I'm so happy that the story found a few hearts to receive it through the years. Here's to more readers in the future via libraries, used bookstores, yard sales, and ebay!

Anonymous said...

If it's any consolation, Sunita is recommended in Library Media Connection's January 2008 article entitled "Culturally Speaking: Immigrant Authors Write for Young Readers." And I purchased it for our library myself not too long ago!

Laurie the Librarian

gail said...

Is this the first book you've had go out of print? If so, not to worry. You'll get used to it!

I try to remember this--going out of print is the fate of all books. Unless, of course, your name is Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.

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