Friday, October 19, 2018

I Love Librarians

Lookie what's on the YA shelf in Neill Public Library in Pullman, WA!!! Thank you, Kathleen Ahern. To have Bound in a place where I spent so many happy hours reading and picking out books and albums to take home, brings me great joy. Libraries are truly the great equalizers. But it is very difficult for a self-published title to get into libraries. Why? There's no vetting process for them. They aren't reviewed in the various journals that librarians read to decide what books to carry. So unlike my other books that magically appear in schools and libraries all over the country, Bound is going to have to find its way into the hands of librarians through a different route. The one I'm planning is to apply for awards presented by the ALA. If Bound can win or be on the honor list, I'm sure it will get picked up by many libraries. So wish me luck! 

However, winning the Printz (a dream) isn't going to be so easy because I cannot even nominate my own book. So please, my friends, ask your local library to order Bound. Libraries are truly the best route because then the book is available to all in the community. And unless you request it, librarians will not know that it even exists. And perhaps a librarian will nominate my book. Why yes, I'm already dreaming of what I might want to mother's sari, most definitely.

A friend alerted me to these Instagram posts from a librarian, BarbinNebraska. Aren't her caricatures expressive?! I was so tickled to see Bound rubbing shoulders with Jada Jones!!! Note that Barb's nail-polish matches the books. This has to be the ultimate in cool. I really do love librarians!!! If I weren't a scientist or a writer, I'd be a librarian. Funny, I think Rebecca feels the same way :) 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Press Release for Bound

Press Release Moultrie News

Vijaya Bodach is a very happy transplant to the Lowcountry from Washington along with her husband and two children. She knew this was home from the first Mass they heard at Stella Maris on Sullivan Island. She is a scientist-turned-children’s writer, an atheist-turned-Catholic, and most recently, a writer-turned-publisher of Bodach Books. She is the author of more than 60 books for children, mostly for the school and library market, and just as many magazine articles, stories and poems. "Bound" is her first young-adult novel in which she explores the love between two sisters: Rebecca, a burn survivor and Joy, who is intellectually disabled. They hold on to their hopes for the future, as the tension between their duties and dreams threaten to tear them apart. A book to ponder the many questions regarding life, love and responsibility.

"'Bound' is a realistic, honest, portrayal of a young woman's struggle to overcome physical, emotional and social burdens. Her journey toward the growth that is found at the heart of those burdens is one we should all make. A courageous book about courage." - Francisco X. Stork, author of "Disappeared"

"A powerful story beautifully written. Tough topics - eugenics, abortion, adoption, family (and more) - confronted unflinchingly, and yet with compassion. No didacticism or pat answers in 'Bound'. A wonderful debut. I recommend this novel used in classrooms for much-needed discussions." - Christine Kohler, author of "No Surrender Soldier"

"Powerful debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful story. The characters are well-defined, three-dimensional, and real, the setting full of sensory details, and the plot exceptional. Highly recommend!" - Ellen Gable Hrkach, author of "Julia's Gifts"

Island Expressions on Daniel Island is hosting a book signing along with author meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 4-6 pm.

"Bound" is available at Island Expressions on Daniel Island (next to Publix) and Pauline Books and Media, on King St., downtown Charleston, as well online on Amazon and other outlets. You can find out more on her web/blog:

Interview with Heath Ellison of Daniel Island News

Friday, October 5, 2018

Interview and Giveaway on Dreamwalks

The beautiful and talented Janet Lee Carey, author of contemporary and fantasy children's literature has an interview with giveaway on her Dreamwalks blog for the month of October: