Beautiful New Website!

If you're reading this, you've already found my beautiful new website. Hello there! Isn't it wonderful?! My husband made it out of twigs and berries while the baby and I were napping. 

The book launch is rapidly approaching, and exciting things are starting to happen. I can't wait to share them all here. In the meantime, here's a picture of one of my 'Greetings from Mallorca' postcards taken by the lovely Corinna Barsan, set against a very snowy New York City. 

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If you want one of these postcards to arrive in YOUR mailbox, hit me up on the Contact page (or via social media, choose your poison) and I will happily send you one. 

Happy February!



Yee Haw!


This spring is going to be an exciting one. My new novel, THE VACATIONERS, will be out in June, and there are sure to be lots and lots and lots of really fun events surrounding the book's publication. Before that happens, though, my husband, baby and I will be practicing our boot-scootin' boogies down in Nashville.

That's right! This spring, I'll be teaching a workshop at the venerable Vanderbilt University. My beloved friend and mentor Lorrie Moore starts teaching there in the spring after two and a half decades in Madison, Wisconsin, and I feel very lucky that she thought of me when this gig came up. Please tell me where the good brownies are. And the fried chicken. And the babysitters. We'll be in Nashville from the beginning of January to the end of April, and the whole thing sounds like a great adventure. If the baby could talk, he'd say, y'all, I can't wait. Connie Britton and Ann Patchett, look out! We're about to be best friends.

love and grits,


Anthologies Galore!

This week marks the publication of three fabulous anthologies in which I have pieces, XO ORPHEUS, GOODBYE TO ALL THAT, and ROOKIE YEARBOOK TWO. Allow me to tell you about them won't you? XO ORPHEUS is an anthology of new myths edited by Kate Bernheimer, who also edited the incredible My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. My father and I wrote a story together, and it's thrilling to be in the book alongside writers like Aimee Bender and Maile Meloy and Owen King and Kelly Braffet and lots and lots of others. This Wednesday, my dad and I will be reading together at WORD in celebration of the book. 7pm! Come!

GOODBYE TO ALL THAT is a collection of essays about leaving New York City. Writing this from my living room in--ahem--New York City, I have clearly failed to leave, but I did live in Wisconsin for a few years, and I wrote about that. The book has essays by Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, and so many other amazing women I can hardly believe it.

THE ROOKIE YEARBOOK TWO is exactly as perfect as it sounds--a compendium of some of the best pieces published on Rookie this year. I am super, super proud of my piece, which is about being failing over and over again, and also super, super proud of Rookie in general. It is by far the coolest thing I do, writing for them, and I love all the Rookies to pieces. Buy twenty of them, please, so that Rookie can go on forever and ever, amen.

Also, speaking as the mother of a five week old baby, all of these sound wonderful to me as a reader because the stories and essays are short enough to read by lamplight at 3am. Whew!

Everyone Loves Getting Presents

Riverhead sent me a giant box full of my paperback. As you can see below, it's too gorgeous not to share. So I'm sharing! Ten people who reply to this post will win a signed copy of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures! Just reply and tell me who your favorite movie star is, and I'll pick ten winners at random. Reply via Twitter or FB comment, please.

Good luck! Summer reading for all!




Springtime Funtime

While I'm mostly spending this spring trying to finish my new novel (due out from Riverhead in the summer of 2014), I've also got some very cool things on the docket. For example: -I'm teaching a fiction workshop at the Center for Fiction, Manhattan's only free-standing monument to the art of making things up. There's still time to sign up! Please join us if you're so inclined. Here's more info about the Center, and here's the link to sign up. 

-If you're like me, you spent approximately every day of your youth glued to the pages of the latest installment of the Babysitters Club. I am so excited to be on a panel with Ann M. Martin this April, at Smith College. Swoon.

-Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace! Another super cool one! I've heard such good things about it, and I'm excited to participate. Live in Boston, or traveling for the conference? Sign up here!

I've also got a gorgeous new jacket for the paperback of Laura Lamont, which I will share as soon as I can. Now, let's all go back to cleaning out our closets and baking carrot cake. (What else were you doing this weekend?)

love Emma

BookTalk Nation

What are you doing tonight at 7pm EST? Do you secretly not like to leave the house? Me neither! I have the perfect event tonight. Lauren Groff and I will chat on the phone, and you can listen in from the comfort of your own couch/bed/bathtub/yacht. Call us! It's like a party line, I think. We'll talk about Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures and lots of other stuff, too.

(Round two of this chat, in which I grill Lauren about her excellent, excellent novel Arcadia, is on February 6th.)

Hope to chat with you later tonight!