Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Giveaway and Spotlight of Touch by Courtney Maum

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Sloane Jacobsen is a leading trend forecaster. Fashion, lifestyle, tech, and other global companies pay to hear her opinions on the future of everything from clothes to gadgets, food and families. But not far into her current contract with the tech-giant Mammoth, she finds herself wanting to overturn her own predications. Sloane begins to sense a growing movement against electronics that will see people embracing compassion, empathy, and "in-personism" again. While hopelessly out of sync with her employer's mission (and her partner’s opinion), Sloane becomes convinced that her instincts are the right ones, and goes on a quest to bring humanism and compassion to others, while finally allowing the love and connectedness she's long been denying herself. TOUCH is a poignant reminder to keep our heads up and our hearts open in our modern lives – and is a thoughtful, of-the-moment exploration of real-life concerns that explores prescient issues of technology, family, and artificial intelligence with Courtney Maum’s signature biting wit and keen eye.

Courtney Maum is the author of the novel I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and the chapbook “Notes from Mexico.” Her short fiction, book reviews, and essays on the writing life have been widely published in outlets such as The New York Times, Tin House, Electric Literature, and Buzzfeed, and she has co-written films that have debuted at Sundance and won awards at Cannes. At various points in her life, she has been a trend forecaster, a fashion publicist, and a party promoter for Corona Extra. She currently works as a product namer for M·A·C cosmetics from her home in Litchfield County, CT.
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"Sweet and funny. . . A sharp yet feeling satire, Touch bristles with insights into the longing for warm, messy, inefficient, and imperfect human life buried in our increasingly streamlined, disembodied now."Interview

"A satirical but sincere look at our thirst for 'in-personism.”—Departures

”[A] trenchant satirical novel . . . Maum has such an incisive grasp of where tech and culture meet that she could add sociologist to her resume . . . A perceptive, thought-provoking read.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“With a weirdly nurturing driverless car, a family emergency, a sexy art director, and wrenching and hilarious confrontations and meltdowns, Maum’s incisive, charming, and funny novel ebulliently champions the healing powers of touch, the living world, and love in all its crazy risks, surprises, and sustaining radiance.” Booklist, Starred Review

"Maum perfectly captures the zeitgeist of our era as technology battles with humanity. Her thought-provoking, humorous book will inspire readers to forgo the electronics and get back to basics as simple as human touch."—Library Journal

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Drawing on her own professional experience as a trend forecaster and product namer for M·A·C cosmetics, Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You) brings enormous authenticity, humor, and timeliness to her story, examining the salient issues of technology, family, and artificial intelligence in a sophisticated and entertaining way. Among the most pressing questions Maum raises is: Can our humanity save our inhumanity? The idea that personal electronics have allowed us to distance ourselves from what matters most—our relationships with our families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and fellow human beings—is now widespread. But how do we break the electronic chains that have come to shackle us? More importantly, why should we want to? Displaying the same blend of wit, compassion, and sincerity that won Maum’s debut novel so many fans, TOUCH will only enhance her growing reputation as a radiant new literary voice—a natural storyteller with a distinctive perspective and a hilariously keen eye for social observation.

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Courtney maum on tour for touch

Washington, DC – East City Bookshop, in-conversation with Jennifer Close, author of The HopefulsTuesday, 5/30 at 6:30 PM

Houston, TX – Brazos Bookstore, in-conversation with Alyson Ward, Books Editor at The Houston ChronicleWednesday, 5/31 at 7 PM

Wichita, KS – Watermark Books & Cafe – Thursday, 6/1 at 6 PM

Saint Paul, MN – SubText Books – Friday, 6/2 at 7 PM

Corte Madera, CA – Book Passage –Saturday, 6/3 at 7:00 PM

Oakland, CA – DIESEL, A Bookstore – Sunday, 6/4 at 3 PM

Seattle, WA – Elliott Bay Book Company – Monday, 6/5 at 12:00 PM

Portland, OR – Powell’s City of Books, in-conversation with Samantha Hess, professional cuddler – Monday, 6/5 at 7:30 PM

Ann Arbor, MI – Literati Bookstore, in-conversation with Callie Collins, Co-Director of A Strange Object independent press – Tuesday, 6/6 at 7:00 PM

New York, NY – Summer Reads Panel at the Bryant Park Reading Room – Wednesday, 6/7 at 12:30 PM

Brooklyn, NY – WORD at Villain, panel discussion Wednesday, 6/7 at 7:00 PM

Madison, CT – R.J. Julia Booksellers, joint event with Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth SummerThursday, 6/8 at 7:00 PM

Chattanooga, TN – Starline Books – Friday, 6/9 at 6:00 PM

Norfolk, CT – The Norfolk Library with Oblong Books, in-conversation with Jane Larkworthy, beauty expert – Sunday, 6/18 at 2:00 PM

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**Partnering with Putnam Books to give away a copy of TOUCH**


May 23 to May 30

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  1. Elizabeth, this sounds like an interesting, much-needed book--thanks for hosting this giveaway! I will add this to my sidebar of giveaways.

    1. Thank you for stopping and sharing the giveaway on your blog, Suko.

  2. i added to suzy on fb