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SARAH-BOYS79572_5579243742713347995_nMoms (and dads!), how are you holding up this summer? We’re keeping busy with pool time, adventures, and assorted shenanigans here in Seattle. Today we went out to the boys’ favorite restaurant for lunch after a morning at the pool, came home for an epic lego-building fest (the glamorous life, you know), then finished up with a make-your-own pizza party and a showing of ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ (I was 11 when it came out—old school!).

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Dear Havilah

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I recently got to meet my new niece, Havilah Esther, and it was an awesome life moment. I have so many wishes for her: that she will face the world bravely and unafraid; that she will pick herself up when she falls, and own her mistakes, knowing that there is no such thing as perfection, and that flaws only make us more interesting (and often, more hilarious); that she sings even if out of tune, and dances even in the absence of rhythm (though she’s likely to have plenty, her mom (my sister) can DANCE); that she finds work that is meaningful to her, and a life purpose that makes her and others smile; that she experiences true joy, often; that she chooses forgiveness over bitterness; that she has the chance to know real love, and no matter what, always keeps her heart open. I wish her a big, bold, beautiful life. (And I hope she remembers to call her auntie now and then.)
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Joy

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My boys and my brother, Josh, on Sandy Hook, along the beach where I grew up— the inspiration for The Violets of March. For me, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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Goodnight June Love

It’s been more than a month since GOODNIGHT JUNE was published and I’ve LOVED hearing from readers all over the US and Canada. Thank you to everyone who pre-0rdered, read, and shared this book! I’ve been so overjoyed to read your emails, tweets and Facebook posts—they all make me smile. Here are some fun highlights:

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#3 on the bestseller rack at a store in Connecticut—yay! babyLook at this adorable child of a reader (awww!)

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When I fly, I always stop at airport bookstores to sign books. Loved seeing Goodnight June EVERYWHERE!

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And, look at Goodnight June at Chicago O’Hare!

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My friend Katie’s beautiful daughter spotted a sign at the Pacific Place (Seattle) Barnes & Noble advertising my event. (I believe the Instagram caption was, “look mom, it’s Sarah!” And, may I add, that I held Olivia as a newborn. I cannot believe she is all grown up now!)

signing-poulsboWith my boys, signing books in my hometown (Poulsbo, Washington) at Liberty Bay Books!

Thank you, everyone, for all the GOODNIGHT JUNE love.

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I still have stops in Chicago and New York City ahead (check the events page here for details), but I have had the loveliest time connecting with readers from Houston, Portland, and Seattle in the past weeks. What a joy my job is—signing books, talking to readers, and sharing a little about my life and writing process with them. Here are some highlights from my recent travels:

When I arrived in Portland, at the lovely, historic Heathman Hotel, this letter from the hotel’s librarian requesting a signature for the hotel collection of books was waiting. I was so honored!

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Before my reading at Powell’s, I stopped at The Nines for a glass of wine on the rooftop deck. What a gorgeous night, and I felt so glamorous!

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In Houston, I had the privilage of reading at Murder By the Book, a lovely old independent bookstore, where I’ve become good friends with bookseller extraordinaire, John. Here we are before my reading (John wore a Goodnight Moon shirt for the event—how fun is that?!).

sarah-johnThat night in Houston, a bottle of lovely champagne arrived in my hotel room from someone very special, and it made me smile….

champagneBefore taking off for my travels, I signed a ton of books at Third Place Books in Seattle (my hand actually got a cramp from all the signing—a good thing!).

pre-orderAnd then my Seattle signing at the Pacific Place Barnes & Noble in Seattle—what fun!

seattle-posterI loved meeting and chatting with Seattle readers (several who drove 100+ miles to buy their copies of GOODNIGHT JUNE and have them signed—I was so honored!).

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Of course, I used my pink Sharpie…

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And I loved this review of GOODNIGHT JUNE in First for Women—right beside my friend Jonathan Tropper’s book!

first-for-womenAnd then returning home to these three guys—the best.

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