I really love this: Publisher’s Weekly has announced the sale of BIAJ to Fingerprint Press in India. As if that wasn’t cool enough, my sale followed the sale of Elvis Costello’s memoir to Holland.
One of my favorite songs of all time is Costello’s “Veronica,” which was inspired by his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. These are some of the lyrics:
Well it was all of sixty-five years ago
When the world was the street where she lived
And a young man sailed on a ship in the sea
With a picture of Veronica
On the “Empress of India”
And as she closed her eyes upon the world and
picked upon the bones of last week’s news
She spoke his name outloud again
Veronica sits in her favourite chair and she sits
very quiet and still
And they call her a name that they never get
right and if they don’t then nobody else will
But she used to have a carefree mind of her
own, with devilish look in her eye
Saying “You can call me anything you like, but
my name is Veronica”
I never noticed, until today, that he mentions India. Where Brain in a Jar and me are going.
What’s more, I received a very nice email from the Publisher at Fingerprint, who said, “We are very excited to launch this book in India. It will be almost a first of its kind, as there are not many books that cover this topic.”
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They just played “Veronica” on CBC Radio 2!