Big Week, Big Day

1. Success! We hit over 200 donations for the Dewey Donation System!

2. The show I was working on over the winter, Romantically Challenged, starring Alyssa Milano, premieres tonight on ABC after Dancing With the Stars. I believe in the next month they’re airing four of the six episodes we shot.

3. Going in Circles comes out tomorrow! There was some Friday night silliness over it, when Dan and I went to the Grove to see what my friend meant when she texted, “I just saw your face at Barnes and Noble.” We got in trouble for taking pictures of the sign. “But that’s HER!” Dan kept saying to the security guard, who was having none of it. The third time he came over to tell us to stop, one of the store managers was with him. He gave me this bemused smirk like I was less-than-adorable. “That’s okay. I understand,” he said. “Is this your first novel?”

Which is when I had to say, “Um, no, sir. It’s my third.”


Stayin’ classy, y’all.

Dewey Update: Michigan is for Book Lovers

Sorry for the delay; yesterday was a little hectic, and with this bum knee it takes me twice as long to accomplish something. And you guys accomplished something, too, with 156 donations and counting. Thank you!

It’s still National Library Week, so let’s go help:

Benton Harbor Public Library Children’s Department: Benton Harbor, Michigan

Benton Harbor is one of the poorest cities in the country. U.S. census data shows around half of the residents live in poverty, and more than 90 percent are African-American. The state has recently taken over the city’s finances, a move that has the area’s NAACP concerned.

Benton Harbor has an unemployment rate of 16.3%, compared to the national average of 5.8%

The Benton Harbor Library has a Twitter feed and a Facebook page, and a fascinating Wikipedia page. Closed on Sundays, The Benton Harbor Public Library is located in southwest lower Michigan, near the shores of Lake Michigan in Berrien County. From the sites it’s clear the library is staffed with librarians who care, who listen to the teens and kids in their community, and find a way to make the library an engaging, exciting place to visit every day.

EXCITING LIBRARIES. I believe they’re playing at Coachella this weekend.

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PAMIE: [Answering phone] Hello?

MOM: Do you have something you need to tell me?

PAMIE: … Um… uh… well, uh… do you want to maybe give me a hint or a topic? Because this seems like a trick.

MOM: Your knee.


MOM: I do read your website, you know. I didn’t, but I do now. Again. And you’re right. I was watching that game going, “My baby’s hurt! Don’t show other people, show my baby!” But you got back up and skated again so I wasn’t worried.

PAMIE: That’s why I got up.

MOM: I know. But you were hurt. You were lying. Continue reading

Down and Dewey — Day Fourish

We’re just a few books away from one hundred donations to libraries in need and I can’t thank you guys enough for your help.

Today’s wishlists:

Hardee County Public Library: Their call for help on their webpage alone should be enough. Already having to close their doors on the weekends, Hardee County Public Library, which serves the tiny town of Wauchula, Florida, and several area libraries, is struggling to have enough money to continue to provide Internet access for its community. I saw the picture of the Lake Placid library, with the comedically sad, wonky letters, and was reminded of a story my mom likes to tell. When I was thirteen and had just moved to a tiny Texas town, I thought I’d find some escape at the library. Mom says I came home inconsolable. “They have like, SIX BOOKS!” I wailed. “It’s like a BOOKMOBILE!” I sobbed into my pillow screaming, “We can’t live here! What am I supposed to READ?!”

It’s not like boys were kissing me, okay? I had books. They never complain when you hug them.

Continue reading this entry…

on hospitals and aliens.

Dewey update: eighty donations to hospitals, detention centers, schools and library programs. It’s a rough time for fundraising, you guys. I know that I did this all quickly and on the sly, and you have all been fantastic at spreading the word, including some heavy twitter-hitters, but normally Dewey gets a few more books than this by now. Thank you so much for all the help. I’m going to wait until this afternoon before I put up another wishlist, because I think the C.A.U.S.E. program has received less than ten books.


Here’s a story I’ve been meaning to tell since Monday, when I listed the children’s hospitals. I mentioned that I’d had two mortifying experiences in children’s hospitals, the second-worst being the other week when I went to Monroe, Louisiana, on a red-eye in a leg brace to visit fourteen-year old Madeleine, who was suffering from a kidney infection. If you haven’t read Sarah’s account of it (Fancy new digs, Lady Bunting!), just know that it ended with four grown-ups and a teenager trapped in a hospital room as the specialist gave a ten-minute speech on how to clean and care for your vagina, with advice both helpful: Continue reading

dewey day two

I can’t stop messing with these MRI scans the imaging center gave me on a disc to take home. So I put up today’s Dewey contest to give me something to do that will actually be productive.

Did you know it’s National Library Week? Go hug your library. It misses you and you will certainly miss it if it suddenly has to go away.

I’m in an Outsiders kind of mood today, so the wishlist is for the Westfield Detention Center. Books donated will be filling a library where Mount Holyoke students volunteer their time to read with/to the boys detained at Westfield.

And congrats to Nicolle R. Bougas, who donated yesterday and will be receiving a signed copy of Going in Circles.

Yes! The Dewey Donation System is Back!

Oh, boy. I have no web skills anymore, people. But what I do have is a stack of free copies of GOING IN CIRCLES and a desire to help out some libraries.

Do you guys miss Dewey like I do? Okay, good. Because I put up a small contest for this week.

Down and Dewey Book Drive

I’ll do the work if you do the clicking. Each day I’ll throw a few wishlists up, each helping a different library in need, and one donor a day will receive a free, signed copy of my book. You can enter as many times as you like, and for as many days as you like. I figure we can tag a few wishlists a day, giving lovely surprises to librarians all over the place.

Today’s wishlists are for Children’s Hospitals. Go, give, and spread the word! Dewey’s been on Facebook since you were on Friendster, and he has a brand spanking new Twitter account.

Our Oakland Librarian Needs Our Help!

Dear Pamie,

I’m happy to see your blog is still going strong and that you are still writing.

I’m writing, because I am frantic. I have a request that will cost nothing to anyone but the time to send a batch email.

In order to save Lakeview and 5 other Oakland libraries from having hours cut from 6 days to 3 or 2 days a week, starting in July, we need people to contact City Council telling them to vote against this plan. City Council will decide at the end of June, so we only have a few weeks to turn this around.

Could you ask your blog friends to help us? If any of your blog friends are in the Bay Area and want to help in person we are having our first Save Oakland Libraries, Again!


Saturday, May 23rd 2:00-3:00
Lakeview Branch Library
550 El Embarcadero
Oakland, Ca 94610

Please email:

Ron Dellums officeofthemayor @
Larry Reid lreid @
Nancy Nadel nnadel @
Jean Quan jquan @
Ignacia De La Fuente idelafuente @
Desley Brooks dbrooks @
Jane Brunner jbrunner @
Patricia Kernighan pkernighan @
Rebecca Kaplan atlarge @
Carmen Martinez cmartinez @

Here are some specifics about Lakeview, where you spoke when you visited a few years ago.

Lakeview provides in additon to books, dvds, music cds, wifi, public internet computers, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines:

1 or 2 adult programs a month (booked through April 2010)
Two art galleries, which have exhibits scheduled through October 2010
3 children’s story times a week
The Lakeview Writers Group which meets monthly and has done so for many years and has printed out two small volumes of original writings.
The Book Club, which meets monthly and has done so for many years.
1 teen program every other month and often more
A chess club which meets weekly after school and has done so for years
A knitting club for all ages which meets weekly and has done so for years
A new chess club starting monthly meetings on the 3rd Saturday of every month
1 Large special children’s program a month and/or 1 Small special crafts children’s program a month.
School visits and class visits
Currently we have 15 regular volunteers who donate 3 or more hours a week.
Our garden which surrounds our beautiful small building is totally maintained by volunteers
Over 10,000 people were inside Lakeview in April.2009!

This is a library that deserves to be SAVED!

Thank you, Pamie, if you even have time to read this.


Mary Eileen Farrell
On my own time
From my own computer