For those of you who haven’t wised up and signed on to receive the P.S. Style newsletter, well, now you’ve really stepped in it because you’ve missed my interview with bestselling author Jennifer Weiner. Hey, don’t act like I haven’t reminded you to subscribe in the past; my intimations are dangerously close to mom-style nagging. But because I’m feeling so light and airy today (it must be my so-close-I-can-almost-smell-the-sea-air vacation), here are some outtakes from our chat:
On the joys (and pains) of being a parent: “One of the biggest challenges has been figuring out how much is the right amount to bring my children into my life online. I love them dearly and think they’re the smartest, cutest, most adorable girls who have ever lived … but I never post their pictures and rarely mention their names, because if they end up in the public eye, I want it to be because of something they’ve done and chosen, as opposed to their mother posing them in adorable matching outfits, brandishing copies of my latest book, and putting their pictures online. Other challenges? I just flew cross-country with a cranky, nap-deprived two-and-a-half-year old, sitting behind a very angry lady who I seriously thought was going to throw her wine in our faces. But there’s joy every day. My seven-year-old is full of big plans and interesting observations about the world. She’s already a wonderful storyteller, planning a dual career as a writer and a scientist who will work in the medium of candy. [And] my little girl’s just learning how to talk, and some of the things that come out of her mouth are hilarious. ‘I WANT to because I NEED to’ is one of her favorite phrases these days.”
On her middle name: “To me, Agnes always sounded like a grumpy grandma kind of name … and, judging from the statistics, I think most new mothers agree that, unlike Sadie and Sophie, it’s one of those old-fashioned names that’s just never coming back. For a while, I tried to tell people it was French, pronounced ‘Ahn-yay.’ Didn’t work.”
On libraries: “I will confess to having a special place in my heart for libraries. I spent hours as a kid in my little town’s public library, and I’m currently on the board of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Any chance I have to visit a library and celebrate the work that libraries do, I’m there!”
On her iPod: “New Eminem, new Katie Perry, [and] old Liz Phair.”
So, if you’re really feeling awful about missing the full interview (and you should), I suggest you do two things: First, enter to win a ticket, compliments of PrincetonScoop and The Princeton Public Library, to hear Jennifer read from her latest book, Fly Away Home this Wednesday, July 14. Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. with the name of your fave J.W. book or character. Not only will you get a first glimpse at the book (which releases tomorrow), you’ll have a chance to ask her your own questions, too, over a lovely lunch provided by The Wooden Spoon Catering Company and Ladybug Luggage Gourmet Cake. You’ll also get an autographed copy of Fly Away Home to call your very own.
And for those of you who, like me, must purchase a ticket, they are $25 each and include access to the lunch, the talk, and a pre-public book signing session with the author (books will be available for purchase on-site thanks to Barnes & Noble).
And what was my second suggestion? Sign up for our newsletters already! And clean your room while you’re at it. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton; 609.924.9529 or princetonlibrary.org.
Jennifer Henderson is the editor of Princeton Scoop online and a freelance writer who has worked for several magazines, including Vanity Fair, Talk, W, and New Jersey Life. She lives in Princeton with her husband, daughter, and chocolate Labrador. She welcomes any inside scoop on what to do and see in the area. E-mail her at email@example.com.