Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year and Thanks for Coming!

Phew! I made it!

It's the Chinese New Year, which means I had my Dumpling Days Book Launch! If you haven't noticed, the postings on this blog have been a bit spare lately (I have many things I want to post about, I'll have to do a bit of catch up in the next few weeks). That is because every spare moment has been used to make over 100 Pocket Pacys:

the two large pocket pacys are the special "winning" ones;  the people who got them won an original piece of art at the book launch

These are the special edition Pocket Pacys I did just for the launch. They are all wearing pink dresses because in Dumpling Days, the three sisters are forced to wear matching pink dresses when they travel to Taiwan (to make it easier for their mother to keep her eye on them). This is based on a real-life experience:

We put one of each of these  Pocket Pacys in the booklaunch goodie bags, along with a red envelope that had a special URL to download exclusive deleted chapters and a dumpling recipe card. Because the Pocket Pacys were a bit time-consuming + having even less time then usual (work, visits + Rain Dragon!), I wasn't able to bake special cupcakes this time around. In fact, the baking had to be given up altogether and replaced with Japanese gummy candies.

And after assembling 100 bags (much thanks to my sister, niece & Sasquatch) I was a little worried to wake  up on book launch day to snow. The most snow we've had all winter! Would people come?

Yes, they did!

I talked a bit incoherently--I did not prepare my talk as well as I would've liked (those Pocket Pacys took a long time!) and I admit I am more self-conscious than usual with my baby bump:

But it was lovely to meet so many of you! I think most people liked the Pocket Pacys so making them was definitely worth it! I hope to see many Pocket Pacy travel photos in the future!

Thanks so much for coming! Happy Year of the Dragon to all!


anne said...

Happy Water Dragon Year to you and yours!! Congrats on the book launch! If Indiana wasn't so far away, would have loved to have attended!

Grace Lin said...

Thanks, Anne! I'm going to do a giveaway of pocket pacys online soon, so stay tuned if you'd like one!

David said...

Hi, we loved the book launch! We hope to travel with the Pocket Pacy and send you many photos. (From Maria, age 10)

Janet Wong said...

What a fabulous turnout--even with the snow. You have such dedicated fans (for good reason)!

As to the baby bump: hey, that's hardly a pizza's worth. Get eating!!

And congratulations on your terrific launch!

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Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Happy Year of the Dragon! Wish we could have traveled from Sicily for that special day...we sent my sister and niece (they live in Boston :) and they had a wonderful time.

Thought you might get a kick out of seeing the dragon we made for our living room that was inspired by your dragon drawings in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Can't wait to read Dumpling Days. Our copy should be arriving any day now.

Happy Year of the Dragon!