May 2009: An Amazing Month!
What a month this has been!
For all of May -- starting Friday, May 1 -- I was "Author of the Month" at McNally Robinson, Canada's second-largest bookstore chain.
Independently, both The Toronto Star (on Saturday, May 2) and The Globe and Mail (on Monday, May 4) had me as answers to clues in their crossword puzzles this month.
On Saturday, May 2, I got to go to a press preview of the new Star Trek movie -- and loved it.
On Wednesday, May 6, I gave an invited talk at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Penn about the science behind my novel Wake.
On Friday, May 8, ABC picked up the TV series Flash Forward, based on my novel of the same name, for 13 episodes, to air starting this fall.
On Thursday, May 14, the Winnipeg Free Press, the largest-circulation newspaper in Manitoba, devoted the entire front of its Entertainment section to a profile of me.
The following week, Wake hit #1 on the Hardcover Fiction bestsellers list in the Winnipeg Free Press.
Also that week, the June 2009 edition of Communications of the ACM, the glossy magazine of the largest educational and scientific computing society, devoted its last page to me and Wake.
On Wednesday, May 20, the Waterloo Region Record, a major Canadian daily newspaper, ran a profile of me on Page 1 of the Front section.
On Monday, May 25, I gave the closing keynote address at the annual meeting of the Canadian Science Writers' Association.
On Wednesday, May 27, I gave a talk about the science behind Wake at Google Waterloo -- with the talk video-conferenced to all Google facilities worldwide.
And on Friday, May 29, Calculating God won the Audio Publishers Association's Audie Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Audiobook of the Year.
And much more! See all of my May 2009 blog entries here.
May 2009 "Author of the Month" Robert J. Sawyer at the McNally Robinson store in Toronto; this photo by Carolyn Clink also ran in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2009.