Still True launches Sept. 27!
Holy moly, this is actually happening. Read on for event updates and recent news.
Pinch me, this is a dream.
It’s been five long years since I wrote the first draft of Still True, the debut novel I now hold in my hands. Twenty months since I signed my publishing contract. Five months since I signed off on final page proofs and let go of the last of any illusion of control I may have had over this heart-story of mine. Friends. It’s a real book!
Sometimes I think our brains can’t fully comprehend Big Deal things. It’s why we forget the pain of childbirth. Why the cosmic math of stars in the galaxy and grains of sand on the beach makes us cross-eyed. As I’ve watched early copies roll out to friends near and far-flung, I’ve had flashes of understanding — oh my gosh, someone paid money for my book and is actually reading it — but nothing that has stuck enough to sink in and make this feel less deliciously surreal. It’s a real book.
A couple weeks ago, I attended another author’s reading at Mystery to Me bookstore, where my own (sold out!) launch is happening one week from today. As riveting as the conversation was, I couldn’t stop my eyes from wandering to gaze lovingly over the bookshelves the way they have since my earliest childhood memories of bookstores and libraries, always scanning the spines, always hungry for story, and all of a sudden it smacked me in a singular brief glittering wham-bam-wowza moment of clarity: soon your book will join these books on the shelf. It sounds so simple as I write it here. But it felt as big and true as my biggest, truest things.
Thank you for being here for what I hope is just the beginning of everything.
Upcoming September & October Events!
9/21 at 6 p.m.: Official launch at Mystery to Me bookstore
Although this is now sold out (!), you can register for the Crowdcast livestream here and pre-order a book directly from Mystery to Me here. There is also a wait list so if you’re one of the people who is registered but can’t make it, please let Mystery to Me know. There will be cupcakes!
9/28 at 7 p.m.: Whispers in the Driftless with Nickolas Butler
Eau Claire! Come see the newly renovated L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and join internationally bestselling author Nickolas Butler and me in conversation about Still True. Visit this Facebook event page and let us know if you’re coming! This is graciously hosted by the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and books will be available for sale and signing.
10/12 at 5:30 p.m.: Kismet Books with Laura Anne Bird
Verona/Mount Horeb/Blue Mounds/Barneveld! Space is still available for this conversation between me and middle grade author — and incredibly voracious reader/book reviewer — Laura Anne Bird. We first met at Kismet so it feels like kismet to meet again here for this.
10/16 at 12 p.m.: Wisconsin Book Festival with Mary Wimmer
Thrilled to be presenting at the Wisconsin Book Festival this year, the festival’s 20th anniversary celebration! I’ll be in conversation with Mary Wimmer, author of The Art of the Break, at Madison’s Central Library in community room 302 that Sunday at noon. (Stick around for the next presentation in that room, Pete Souza!) All Wisconsin Book Festival presenting authors’ books will be available for sale at the events, be sure to check out the entire schedule—it’s amazing.
10/21 at 6 p.m.: Local Author Book Fair in Black Earth
Join me and four other local authors, including my friend, Alex Bledsoe, for a local author book fair sponsored by the Black Earth Public Library. It will be held at the Black Earth Historical Society and we will all be reading, signing and selling books. Visit this Facebook event page and let us know if you’re coming!
… and more! These are just the September and October events. Stay turned to this newsletter or check out my website to see where I’ll be in November and December, including Appleton, Minneapolis and Waukesha, and back to Madison with Christina Clancy!
In the News!
Wowza, what love! I’m so grateful for this recent press.
“Maggie Ginsberg on the exciting, vulnerable, terrifying road to becoming an author”
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Author Q&A by Gena Kittner in the Wisconsin State Journal Sunday paper
WATCH: Maggie Ginsberg discusses debut novel
News 3 Now’s Live at Four with Charlotte Deleste and Mark Koehn
A Chat with Local Writer Maggie Ginsberg on Her Journey from Freelance Journalist to First-Time Novelist
Interview by Doug Moe for the September Mystery to Me newsletter
Reviews and How You Can Help
Did you like Still True? Did you know that leaving a rating and review on places like Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more can make a huge difference for authors? I am absolutely loving the texts, posts, and Instagram stories you’re sharing as Still True begins to ship out. If you like the book, please spread the word. Tell all of your friends. Request it from the library. Schedule it for your book group—and let me know if you’d like me to attend! And please leave a review so that other people can find out about Still True and my book baby can find its readers. Every little bit helps.
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Get it, girl! So proud of you in so many ways. Keep going!
It's so exciting to see how this has unfolded! So happy for you and for everyone who gets to read the book.