They Call It “Pub Date” for a Reason.

Surprisingly, dear readers and Damn France Book followers (as far as you have been hanging in here on this blog with me during the composition of my damn France book) we seem to have like-minded amigos in the land of the tsars.

The Russians have bought the rights to my book!  Le Road Trip is going to be published in Moscow!

The National Geographic Traveler magazine has a mention of Le Road Trip in its current issue:

Vivian Swift’s Le Road Trip is both the true story of an idyllic French honeymoon that winds from Paris through Normandy, Brittany, Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, and Chartres, and an illustrated road-trip handbook on topics ranging from “How to Vagabond” to “What to Wear in Paris.”

The good people at France Magazine have a lot more to say:

Veteran globetrotter Swift set out to chronicle her French honeymoon but ended up penning a quirky love letter to travel filled with cultural, historical and literary references. Delightful watercolors illustrate this wide-ranging field guide, which offers hilarious travel survival tips for every clime as well as ruminations on subjects as varied as Parisian windows, Breton sailor-stripe shirts, and lettuce (not to mention a highly idiosyncratic A-to-Z on vagabonding in the Bordeaux region).


If you had the idea that I’m basking in such kind words and good news about my book…you could not be more wrong. I’m all nerves, trying to keep the flop sweats at bay. Pub date is next week…this could be the end of my career.

This habit of snatching depression from the jaws of glad tidings feels so natural, so familiar. So RUSSIAN. My people!

Well, it wouldn’t be so bad to keep  Moscow time (eight hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Savings Time), counting down the hours until I see Le Road Trip printed in cyrillic. Chjome to think of it, in Moscow, it’s already Friday night. Friday night!

I have some crying in my vodka to catch up with!

19 Comments, RSS

  1. chel April 6, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    FOUR DAYS. (or so amazon says). I can’t wait to have Le Road Trip in my hands!!

  2. Barbara Lemme April 6, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I just checked to see how many days too. Time to smile Vivian and enjoy the great advanced press.

  3. Mary April 6, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    Typical happy day with Vivian’s discoveries.
    Love it.
    Yes, I’m waiting for Barns and Noble to call me for my pick up !!
    Congratulations on the new opportunities, Vivian.

    With Nancy Pearl in your corner, how can it miss?

  4. Deborah April 6, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    What an honor to have been able to see the process leading up to this very well-received book! These good reviews plus Easter should mean a weekend of champagne, Peeps, and maybe a cake with blue icing for you.

    Me, I’m having fun digging out huge clumps of miscanthus. Nothing like taking out your frustrations on unsuspecting flora. If your Russian mood continues, feel free to come on down & help me.

    How’d the Hofstra program go (wish I could have attended.)

  5. Nadine April 6, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    Great news about the publicity for Le Road Trip! Congratulations. I should have my very own copy of your book next week, and I’ll be happy to make my review known to everyone on Amazon.

    Today is too sunny to be Russian, but next time it rains here in NJ I’ll break out the vodka to enjoy the bad weather.

  6. Kate Fowle Meleney April 6, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    Oh goodness, it sounds like pre-launch jitters! It will all be over with soon enough and you’ll be basking in accolades for sure! I can’t wait until I have my copy, but even better, I can’t wait until my dear friend receives her SURPRISE copy. She is a true Francophile and will be in 7th heaven!

  7. Gitana April 7, 2012 @ 1:18 am

    I’ve been pestering my local indie bookstore Third Place Books. They promise me that the book will be here next week. Hooray for great advance press and many thanks for sticking with this book and gifting us another wonderful adventure on the page. Have a great weekend – you deserve it!

  8. sarahsbooks April 7, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I have your book on order at one of my very favorite little bookshops in all the world, Left Bank Books in Searsport, Maine. Which also happens to be the bookshop closest to where I live, lucky me, it’s a gem. Happy spring, and happy book publication week! Enjoy the accolades!

  9. AnneL April 7, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

    Vivian, I took a walk in the rain today to see if I could buy Le Road Trip. I found it at Barnes & Noble, and took a few pics of your book “in the wild.” It was in the travel section across the aisle from the international guidebooks.

    Oddly enough, there was a big blue banner advertising a wine sale a few doors down from the bookstore, and “authentic French brioche bread” was a featured item at the Whole Foods store across the street.

    I have just had a little while to page through this beautiful book. At first look I am drawn to “The Landscape of Awe” (thank you so much for including that site and the facing page) and “Le Foret de Fougeres.”

    I am sure that this book will be a wonderful success. I hope you’ll enjoy every moment of it.

  10. Gitana April 8, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Your book arrived! I’ve set aside today to savor it while drinking my tea. On my way to France via Le Road Trip. Abientot!

  11. Carol April 8, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    The little 10 year old girl whose life path was determined by a National Geographic article, is now written up in the same magazine. Now THATS what I call coming full circle! All manner of best wishes to you along with balloons, champagne, ice cream, streamers, chocolate and a brand new kitten!!

  12. Sandy April 9, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Can’t wait for my copy and I may just curl up to read with a good Vodka to boot!

  13. Laura George April 10, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    Just got word from Amazon that my pre-ordered copy has finally shipped! It will be here tomorrow so I know what I’m doing all day…sipping a cup of java and savoring every page! So excited! 🙂

  14. Deborah April 10, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    Remember that scene in the movie “The Jerk” where Steve Martin is wildly waving the phone book and shouting, “The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here!”? Well, that was me when the UPS truck pulled up to deliver the Amazon package, except I was shouting, “That Damn France book is here! That Damn France book is here!”

  15. Downith April 11, 2012 @ 6:51 am

    Hi Vivian, I just saw the book trailer over at Betsy’s – it is fantastique!

  16. Tracey April 11, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    My copy came yesterday. I loved the book and plan to send copies of it as birthday presents to my sisters.

  17. Nadine April 11, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I got my books yesterday and “Le Road Trip” is BEAUTIFUL! I’ve been calling every Francophile I know an telling them about it. I sure was like Steve Martin yelling “The new phone books are here!”

  18. Gitana April 11, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Hey Vivian Swift readers, if you liked (loved) Vivian’s new book please take a moment and post your reader review online (anywhere you wish: Amazon, Powell’s, etc.) Let’s get the word out!

  19. Sally April 12, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    THE BOOK has arrived (with 2 copies that are gifts for friends). It has already changed my life: I will never look at an ear on the BBQ grill the same way again! 🙂

    Looking forward to the reading beyond le pain–already it has me back in France again. Thank you.

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