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                           October 27, 2009
Hi there,

Still happily on the road with Thirsty, but my last U.S. event is on Thursday, October 29 (see below for details). On November 3, Tully and I head back to China. Here's the latest:
  • About Thirsty and other first novels due out this fall, Library Journal said, "Poignant. Imaginative. Passionate. Original."
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette books editor Bob Hoover interviewed me on the Post-Gazette website. We talked about Pittsburgh, steel, and Thirsty. Watch here.
  • Radio host Mark David Gerson interviewed me on his show "The Muse & You."  Listen here to find out what I had to say about Thirsty and the interesting collection of writers' quirks I've compiled.
  • Thirsty and I are featured in the November issue of Writer's Digest magazine (in the Notable Debuts column). You can find this in your local bookstore.
  • We're also featured in the "Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin" section of Poets & Writers Magazine (Nov/Dec 2009). See it here (or you can buy the magazine at your local bookstore).
  • I've been hopping around the web as my blog tour gets underway. I recently wrote a post called "The Power of Perseverance" for Maria Schneider's blog "Editor Unleashed." Read it here.
  • Mark your calendars and visit my blog. Another giveaway is about to begin. On October 29, 30, and 31, I'll be giving away copies of THIRSTY and a very cool Bookthingy (see below for details).
  • I've been doing loads of fun events in New England, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland, including a two-day visit to my high school alma mater...Bethel Park High School. It was terrific! (photos and stories to come on the blog)
That's all for now. If you're in the New England area, come on out to my last event (for now) in Andover, Massachusetts. See the THIRSTY site for more details.



"Thirsty is a beautiful tale, vivid and gently told. It is the story of one woman's incredible strength of spirit, and a reminder of the foundation contemporary America is built upon-one of unspeakable cruelty, and Job-like suffering, as well as generosity and unbreakable hope."

--Don De Grazia, author of American Skin


This week I'm giving away 5 copies of my debut novel THIRSTY! And 1 really cool, pretty amazing new bookthingy...appropriately entitled "Bookthingy"...that I discovered a few weeks ago while at the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association conference in Cleveland.

What's a Bookthingy?

Good question.

A Bookthingy is a booklover's bookcover created by two fabulous, book-loving women--Sharon Kom and Mary Larkin--who wanted an easy, stylish way to carry a book around town. It's a mini-tote for the book you're reading.

Here's what it looks like. (The one I'm giving away is called "Meet Alice: Take a trip. Bring your book." but there are a number of styles available at www.bookthingys.com.)

Bookthingy 1   Bookthingy 2

Here's the scoop on how the giveaway will work:
  • Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 2 copies of THIRSTY (1 per winner; 2 winners)
  • Friday, October 30, 2009 - 2 copies of THIRSTY (1 per winner; 2 winners)
  • Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 1 copy of THIRSTY and 1 Bookthingy (1 winner wins both!)

How to win?

Easy. Just answer the following question in the comments section of my blog on the appropriate giveaway date:

Thursday, October 29, 2009
What book made you think a little differently about the world...and how? (This can be any book that you've read at any time in your life...anything from Where the Wild Things Are to Pride and Prejudice.)

Friday, October 30, 2009
How do you choose a book to read? (Do you read the synopsis? Oggle the author photo? Judge a book by its cover? Critique the acknowledgments? Read a page in the middle of the book? Get referrals from friends? Get referrals on Twitter? etc.)

Saturday, October 31, 2009
What book have you read more than once? Why? What brings you back to this book?

Each day, all names of readers who comment will be dropped into a hat (or maybe a bowl...or even a boot). Two names will be drawn each day. Winners will be announced on Sunday, November 1. Prizes will be sent on Monday, November 2. (I fly home to China on November 3!)

Ready to play? Ready to win?

Let's go!

(And those of you in China, remember to note the time difference. Make sure it's the correct date in the United States...Eastern Standard Time!)


Join me for a reading, book signing, & wine tasting at Wine-Sense in Andover, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

What better way to wrap up the U.S. book launch than with a toast?

We'll be tasting Sinister Hand with Howard Gold.

Come on out. Join us.

(Want more info? Click here.)
Have you watched
the book trailer for Thirsty? 

These days, a good book also needs a good book trailer. And wow, does
THIRSTY have one of those. Again credit is shared.
While I wrote the script and gathered photos:
  • Jacqueline Francis--a wildly talented musician in Boston (who also happens to be my cousin)---wrote original music. (Original music! This was such a gift to the project.)
  • Donny Truong (once again) pulled it all together and created a stunning, compelling final product.

Watch the trailer now. (And once you've watched on YouTube, rate it! Help the THIRSTY trailer reach more readers!)

About Kristin

Kristin Bair O'Keeffe's debut novel Thirsty (Swallow Press, Oct 1, 2009) tells the story of one woman's unusual journey through an abusive marriage, set against the backdrop of a Pittsburgh steel community at the turn of the twentieth century. Her work has been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Poets & Writers Magazine, San Diego Family Magazine, The Baltimore Review, The Gettysburg Review, and many other publications. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago and has been teaching writing for almost fifteen years. Kristin lives in Shanghai, China, with her husband and daughter.
THIRSTY Giveaway!
Last U.S. Event
Book Trailer
About Kristin
Thirsty Cover Art



THIRSTY at Amazon


Book Trailer on YouTube
Me and Tully in HCM

Contact Kristin at kristin[@]kristinbairokeeffe[dot]com