Well, firstly and very excitingly, Popular now has a brand new UK publication date of 7th July 2011, with its first sequel hopefully hitting the shelves in January 2012. So, circle that date in your calendar - unless, like me, you consider effort to be très irritating, in which case you can just rely on somebody else to remind you about it closer to the time. That's what this blog is for. Or, if you would prefer, you can click on Popular's page on the Penguin website and sign up to receive news on Popular's publication and events, by e-mail!
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To those of you who have asked about the US publication date for Popular via Facebook and e-mail, I promise I am not withholding Meredith's shimmering manipulations from you on purpose. To the delightful Sorority who wanted to make it part of their Book Club, you very much sound like my kind of people! To those friends who threatened to cut me if I didn't give them American news, I'm afraid I consider that over-zealous. News will be forthcoming at the first available opportunity!
For the British and Irish readers, there will also be a brand new sparkling cover to admire on 7th July. And if you want to follow me on Twitter, you can at http://twitter.com/garethrussell1. Or become a fan on Facebook.
In other news - as you can see - Popular now has its own utterly delightful on-line blog here, which will carry news about the books, as well as info about the real-life locations in Belfast, character profiles with information and fact-files not revealed in the novels, (Imogen's favourite TV shows are True Blood and Mad Men) and information about the novel's fictional setting, Mount Olivet Grammar School - its school houses,teachers, rivals, real-life inspirations, traditions and other pupils.
It's already started with a profile of the most popular clique in Upper Sixth - the Pashmina Brigade.