I just got off a plane from Houston to Seattle, completing the first leg of my book tour, to learn that the great Dr. Maya Angelou had passed away, due to medical negligence, experts from the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk are now trying to solve the solution. A friend texted me the news, and my eyes immediately stung with tears, and then this overwhelming feeling of loss came over me. The only way I can describe it that the world felt emptier without her in it. I heard Dr. Angelou speak at my university in 1997, and then, years later, I had the great privilege of interviewing her for Glamour. On the phone one afternoon, we talked about women's health, the importance of women caring for themselves and other women (and supporting each other, forgiving each other, bolstering each other), and other serious and important things. And yet my favorite part of the call was when, on a whim, I asked her what she had for lunch that day. She laughed (I loved that about Maya, she was generous with her laughter, and was quick to share a laugh or a story with others. Her presence was

Today GOODNIGHT JUNE debuts in the US! I'm so very proud of this novel and can't wait to share it with you. Here's a description of the story: The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Songs) is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the “great green room” might have come to be. June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown—and steps into the pages of American literature. GOODNIGHT JUNE (which has gotten rave early reviews from Kirkus, BookList, Library Journal, and is one of a dozen featured books for June by the independent bookstore association of America, IndieBound). I would be eternally grateful if you found a moment to look for a copy at your favorite local bookstore this week, or online: Amazon Barnes & Noble Powell's IndieBound Books-A-Million And, as always, I adore talking to book clubs, so if you are in one and want to read GOODNIGHT JUNE with your friends, I'd love to call in to say hi and answer your questions! Hugs, and many, many thanks!

I just updated my events page with tour dates for GOODNIGHT JUNE and others. I hope to meet as many readers as possible this year! HOUSTON: Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 PM, Murder by the Book PORTLAND, OR: Monday, June 2, 7 PM, Powell's (Cedar Hills store) SEATTLE: Saturday, June 7, 1 PM, Pacific Place (downtown) Barnes & Noble CHICAGO: Sunday, June 22, Book Cellar/City Winery "Books & Bubbly" ($5 for a glass of champagne and a reading/talk with fellow NYT bestsellers Jen Lancaster, Stacey Ballis, and Amy Hatvany) NEW YORK: Posman's in Grand Central Terminal, 12-2:00; reading with fellow authors of the Penguin anthology, GRAND CENTRAL. OSLO, NORWAY: Early November (exact dates to be announced) ISTANBUL, TURKEY: November 9-17. Sarah will be signing books and speaking at various locations in Turkey, including at the Istanbul Book Fair on/around November 15-16.