Living Arrangements Update

Posted on 14 September 2011

At long last, I can announce the official release date of my debut short story collection, Living Arrangements: November 30, 2011. Can I get a couple of “Huzzahs!” and bottles of champagne around here?

In reality, the book may be available before that date, but this is the official release date and should be a sure thing.

The book is available for pre-order at Powell’s, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. (The final cover design is still pending, as you can see.) I stumbled on one of these listings by accident recently — believe it or not, I wasn’t obsessively searching those sites to see when the book would be listed — and was actually surprised to see “Living Arrangements: Stories by Laura Maylene Walter” appear on my screen. It’s just one more step that makes it feel real.

Here is the publisher’s description:

Winner of the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Robert Olen Butler. This collection of 13 stories feature characters, especially young women who redefine their sense of belonging by reconciling with their pasts. Whether it is a plain-looking woman winning ungainly notoriety as a lingerie window model, a young figure skater being lured by a stalker, or a daughter examining her mother’s accidental death at a horse farm, these stories’ protagonists surprise themselves and the reader by finding their places in the world through unpredictable turns.

Aside from the last-minute publishing details, I need to get moving on some serious matters. Like planning a launch party and all the photo shoots. The photo shoots won’t be for me, of course, but for my cats + the book. They need to step it up a notch for this release, that’s all I have to say. I’m looking at you, Saucy.

I’ll provide more details as they come, but for now: November 30, November 30, November 30!

11 responses to Living Arrangements Update

  • Downith says:


    November 30!

    Woot Woot.

    Very exciting Laura.

  • Lyra says:

    Gah!! November 30th!!
    Thank goodness you don’t have to worry about what to wear to the book signing. I told you the Cheshire cat outfit was research…

  • Averil Dean says:

    Woooo-hoooo!!! So excited for you! The blurb sounds fabulous.

    I’m lifting a wine cooler to your success, Laura.


    • Cheers! Though I have realized that I seem perhaps a little willing to break out the champagne or cocktails at the smallest sign of progress. “OMG Amazon is listing my book, let’s drink!…Now the cover is up? Drinks on me!…What’s that? My books are being shipped from the printer? I couldn’t hear you, too busy drinking.”

      Something to contemplate, I think….

  • margosita says:

    Whoo hoo! That’s so amazing. Just in time for Christmas, too! I’m so happy for you. I’m also happy for me, since I’ll be able to read it not so long from now. :)

    I’m also happy for the kitties. Bookish internet fame awaits!

    Huzzah! Hope those champagne bottles are on ice!

  • Teri says:

    Where are you having parties? You know if you are close to me I need to know these things!! (San Jose / San Francisco area…) Otherwise, I will just tout your book to everyone I know.

    And of course, personally, I can’t wait to read it!!!!

  • lisahgolden says:

    EEEEEEEEE! This is great news! How exciting!

    The blurb is wonderful. And I love how you’re menacing the cats early on in the process. A good move always.

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