My friend Charles snapped this photo of the boys and me at Pike Place Market yesterday under the Turkish Delight sign. I have two books on the bestseller list in Turkey, and hear from Turkish readers every day. I'm so very grateful for the book love from this lovely country, and I cannot wait to travel to Istanbul from November 9-16 to meet my readers and tell them thank you in person!

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 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.

Lovely readers: Would you like a SIGNED and PERSONALIZED first edition copy of Goodnight June, mailed to your door the week of publication (or even a little before!)? I'm signing hundreds of copies of Goodnight June at the fab Seattle bookstore, Third Place Books, and I'd love to sign one for you! Put your order in this week or next, and I'll sign your copy, and personalize it however you like (think: "To Lisa, you are the most awesome human being in the history of the world." Ha!) And order two, or three! Signed books make awesome gifts (teachers, grandmas, best friends, moms), and I'd love to write a special note to whoever you designate in the order. Thank you for supporting my work, and Third Place, a truly fabulous Seattle independent bookstore. I hope you love this new story as much as I loved writing it. (Sorry, US readers only for now.)

I am so completely excited to share that Goodnight June, my sixth novel (out on May 27 in bookstores everywhere) was chosen as an IndieNext Pick for June (the web site is not currently featuring June titles; but you'll see my book there soon!). This means that Goodnight June will be one of about a dozen other featured novels recommended at independent bookstores across the country in the month of June. Just wow. This is a huge career moment for me, and I'm so very honored and grateful for the support of my beloved independent bookstores. And, in this novel, you can read about a very special one: Bluebird Books in Seattle, the imagined bookstore in the story that captured my heart from the moment I began writing this book. I'm grateful, happy, and mostly just can't wait for May 27 to share this new story with the world. P.S. Stay tuned for details about how you can pre-order a SIGNED copy of Goodnight June.

I love getting surprises in the mail. Today, I received a package from my publisher, Penguin/Plume, with a hot-off-the-press copy of their fall 2014 catalog. And guess whose novel makes an exciting appearance on the cover, with a two-page spread inside? Yep---THE LOOK OF LOVE, my seventh novel with Penguin, which I'm just finishing writing now. I can't stop staring at those green eyes. A little secret that I'll share: The original cover featured blue eyes, but I felt that my character's eyes should be green, like mine (an author gets to be, occasionally, bossy about these things!). So the artist changed them. And don't they look great (though mine are more sea-foam than emerald)? Jane, my character, is intrepidly curious, a little sad, searching, seeking, wondering, hoping, trying to make sense of this great beautiful mess that is life, and also fierce, in her own quiet way. She's a lot like me.

I'm so excited to share the cover for THE LOOK OF LOVE, my fall 2014 novel with Penguin. This is, without a doubt, my favorite novel and cover to date, and I can't wait to share the story with the world. For now, here's a quick peek at the text on the book jacket: "Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to literally see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, she receives a card from a mysterious woman. Jane must identify the six types of love before sunset on her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love will utterly enchant Sarah Jio’s rapidly growing fanbase." Audio rights have already sold (so exciting to this author, given that, er, it's not quite done yet!), and the story is available for pre-order on Amazon now (and soon at other sites).

Here I am, rocking the "O" and the "K" at the King County Library's Literary Lions Gala last weekend, along with a bunch of my author friends who clearly loved to ham it up in front of the camera (I'm talking about you, Cat Patrick, Amy Hatvany, and Carol Cassella!). True story: I tripped on the red carpet shortly after this. Anyone who knows me, will just nod and smile at this revelation. I am completely, 100 percent, clumsy. But, boy did we have fun that night!