publication day

The German translation of The Mirage is finally here

It’s available in both hardcover and ebook editions. As you can see, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag did a really nice job on the jacket design. The German translation, as with my previous novels, is by Ditte and Giovanni Bandini.

Unfortunately I won’t be coming to Germany on book tour this time around. Maybe for the paperback.

Meanwhile, I’m still hard at work on Lovecraft Country, currently writing the “Jekyll in Hyde Park” portion of the story. More news soon…

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The Mirage paperback on sale today

I’ve updated the order links on my Mirage web page, so you don’t even have to leave the house to get a copy!

You can download a sample of the book here. The Big Idea essay I wrote for John Scalzi’s Whatever is here. Other essays and interviews, including my interview with Nancy Pearl, are here.

If you’re in the Seattle area, I’ll be reading and signing at the U.W. University Book Store on February 20 and at Elliott Bay Book Company on February 28 (both events start at 7 PM). On March 7 I go to Portland for an appearance at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne (reading starts at 7:30 PM).

And finally, just to make my publication day a little more special, I see Cory Doctorow has reposted his review of The Mirage on BoingBoing. Thanks, Cory!

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The Mirage P.S. edition on sale February 12

The trade paperback edition of The Mirage will be published next month. I just got my author’s copy in the mail, and it looks great.

I’m currently scheduled to make appearances in Seattle and Portland, OR on the following dates:

February 20, 7 PM — Reading and signing at U.W. University Book Store in Seattle.

February 28, 7 PM — Reading and signing at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle.

March 7, 7:30 PM — Reading and signing at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne in Portland, OR.

I’ll post about additional dates when and if they are scheduled, and you can always find the most up-to-date schedule by clicking on the Appearances tab.

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The Mirage: in stores today!

Yes, I am excited.

Here’s a quick roundup of reviews so far:

  • Publisher’s Weekly (STARRED REVIEW) — “Both entertaining and provocative, exactly what the best popular fiction should be.”
  • — “An addictive, fascinating read, which keeps you guessing.”
  • John Clute — “excellent”
  • The Seattle Times— “One of the most daring 9/11-inspired novels to emerge after that horrific day more than a decade ago.”
  • Locus magazine — “A Man in the High Castle for the age of global terror.”
  • The Associated Press — “A unique and compelling read… the juxtaposition of realities provides keen insight into the real world.”
  • The New York Post — “Like Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, in which Nazi-sympathizer Charles Lindbergh defeats FDR for president, the premise behind Ruff’s alternate-history novel is chilling.”

The Mirage book tour kicks off on Thursday evening at 7 PM at the Elliott Bay Book Company. I’ll be doing a reading followed by an onstage conversation with The Stranger‘s Paul Constant. Then on Saturday at 1 PM I’ll be at the Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library — that event is sponsored by Secret Garden Bookshop. From there I’m off to Portland and Sunriver, Oregon. You can find the full schedule of my book tour events here.

A few other bits of publication related news:

I have a guest post up this week on the Seattle Public Library’s Shelf Talk blog. It’s here.

I’ve also written a Big Idea essay for John Scalzi’s Whatever blog, which should post on Thursday.

The nice folks at Schuler Books in Michigan, who hosted a dinner for me last month, are celebrating The Mirage‘s publication with an official Matt Ruff week. I’ll have a guest post up on their blog on Friday. In the meantime, if you’re in the neighborhood, why not drop by and ask if there are any new novels they’d recommend to you?

Big thanks to everyone for their support and good wishes. I’m going to go bounce off the walls some more now.

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