Posts Tagged ‘blog’

First Lit Blogger Weighs in on BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

“You will learn something new (although Mr. Morais explains that his novel is not a doctrinal explanation of Buddhism). You will laugh (Americans in all their crude, crazy glory, can provide great insight and sensitivity). But, most of all, you will love this wonderful story.” Book Hog review of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, June 30.

When the last page of a book is turned, there is usually another book patiently waiting to be opened at our elbow. Those of us who are professional scribblers feel that way about book criticism. The pages in newspapers devoted to book reviews have sadly been decimated, but in their stead have risen book-adoring lit bloggers, who have filled a critical hole in the all-important literary criticism business. They are, just like with the newspaper business of old, of varying quality – but all share, with their followers, a genuine love of reading. Bless them. They do the nation a great service, keeping the light of literature alive.

This is all a longwinded wind-up to the fact that on the nail-biting eve of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN‘s July 17 availability, the first lit blogger in America has weighed in on my second novel. It’s Jacki, otherwise known as the Book Hog. Check her out. Please. For the good of America.

Hot Tip: Where The Food Critics Dine

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


Chef Simpson Wong

I convinced one of New York’s greatest food critics, Gael Greene, to take me to the restaurant she thought was one of the best buys in the City. Click here to see what happened.

We Love Airport Bookshops

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Here’s a nice line about The Hundred-Foot Journey from a blogger, Lauren McDuff, who picked up my book while passing through the airport in Auckland, New Zealand: “Every once in a while, a book comes along that makes you want to forget about everything else that is nagging and pulling at you in life, to just read it.” For the full review, click here.

New UK lit-blog

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

The Book Caterpillar, an interesting new lit-bog in the UK, has just emerged from its cocoon. The site’s author, Laura Pilcher, did an interesting short on how The Hundred-Foot Journey all came about. Check it out here.

Doings Down Under

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The Australian cover from Allen & Unwin

Australia/NZ is shaping up to be an important market for The Hundred-Foot Journey, which is due out in December Down Under. Publisher Allen & Unwin has done a terrific job drumming up pre-pub buzz. Here the latest from Booktopia, the nation’s top bookseller, which has already given 100 Foot a rave.

Steve and Cokie Roberts: political lessons in 100-Foot Journey

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Cokie and Steve Roberts

Two of the premier political commentators in the United States – who happen to be married to each other for the last 40 years – have picked up on a thread in The Hundred-Foot Journey to make a point as relevant to America as it is to Europe. Check out French Lessons For The United States, the latest column by Steve and Cokie Roberts.

As usual, the DC commentators used their down-to-earth common sense to nail our growing fiscal crisis on the head. Their deadly accurate call: “Unchecked entitlements will devour America’s future.”

Modern societies provide their citizens with entitlements, it’s a fact Republicans need to get their heads around, but so is the reality our economic pie is finite. We must live within our means. If our politicians don’t deal with the reality of our deteriorating national finances, it’s a matter of time before the markets will force the issue on them – a la Greece.

Join the Facebook page for The Hundred-Foot Journey

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The UK Cover

Interested in following The Hundred-Foot Journey‘s own mysterious walkabout this earth? If so, I welcome you to join the Facebook page dedicated to The Hundred-Foot Journey, created to keep publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers, and, most importantly, readers informed of the book’s own road trip around the globe. Find the FB page here.

UK’s Independent catches 100 Foot tweet buzz from food critics

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The quality Independent - caught the buzz

Today’s report from the quality UK newspaper, The Independent:

The Hundred-Foot Journey, a novel written by Richard Morais and published in July, is captivating foodies and chefs around the world from Anthony Bourdain to New York Magazine‘s ‘insatiable critic’ Gael Greene.

“Foodies have moved on from Julie & Julia ($8/€6) and Eat, Pray, Love ($24.95/€19) to The Hundred-Foot Journey ($23/€18), a story about a middle-aged Indian Muslim chef who finds his calling as a haute cuisine chef in Paris and relives the journey.”

Check out the full piece at The Independent and the buzzing tweets that caught the quality newspaper’s eye.

Ode To A Bookish Mom

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Wall Street - after the 1929 crash

Many people ask me how I became a writer, and what led me to pursue this strange life. The reasons are manifold, of course, but nothing is more fundamental a drive than the unfulfilled hungers and dreams of a family. For each generation of family born into this world sets out, in some important way, to complete the unfinished story of the previous generation, before it’s their turn to hand the unfinished text over to the newly rising family members. Here is my Huffington Post blog on two of the key literary influences of my life.

Official “blog tour” verdicts are in

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Logo of BookSexy

While more blog reviews will be rolling in over the course of the summer, the “official” tour has just ended. Here are the blog reviews of The Hundred-Foot Journey that have appeared so far, warts and all.


Books Are like Candy Corn


Peeking Between the Pages

Chaotic Compendiums


Senior Women

Arm Chair Interviews

Jo-Jo Loves to Read

A Common Reader

The Zen Leaf

Talking Cupcakes

Devourer of Books

The Lit Review

My Friend Amy

Luxury Reading

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