Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Galleys, trala--

Time to hunker down. I will be reading galleys for Maze of Blood for the next few days, and being behind on everything else--including blogs and letters and shoveling snow, no doubt. I've gone through the galleys once, looking at many hyphens (oops) and little glitches, and now I'm going to sweep through the whole thing again. Maybe twice more. (Then: taxes. Ugh.) The book will be out in September, a year after Glimmerglass appeared.

So that's my life at the moment, not counting all the usual family labors and yesterday's splendid birthday lunch here for birthday girl Ashley Cooper and (recent birthday girl) Yolanda Sharpe, my painter buddies (to whom Glimmerglass is dedicated.) That was lovely and restorative, and birthday gifts were fun dragon tiles from Henry Chapman Mercer's Moravian Tile Works in charming Doylestown, PA, a place everyone should go--it's now a National Historic Landmark site, and you can tour the mad, imaginative Fonthill Castle and tile works and buy tiles made in the same old way at the shop and then give them to your buddies when they come to lunch.

Image: Glimmerglass jacket detail of the art by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.

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