There’s a history to this book cover that isn’t alluded to in the video, namely, that the original Journal Keeper jacket was a lovely, softly-lit photograph of our local train station in the snow. Everybody, including my publisher, liked it alot, particularly with the golden light of the approaching train shining down the tracks. Then, a friend called to tell me that she had recently been in a San Diego bookstore where she asked the owner if a memoir by an older woman writer about her life would appeal to her book buyers. “Absolutely,” the owner replied, “as long as there isn’t any snow on the jacket. I don’t know why, but I’m always sending back books that feature snow scenes.” We decided that maybe we should re-think our options.
Phyllis Theroux is an essayist, columnist, teacher and author. Born in San Francisco, California, she is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including California and Other States of Grace, Peripheral Visions, Nightlights: Bedtime Stories for Parents in the Dark, The Book of Eulogies., Serefina Under the Circumstances, Giovanni’s Light. The Journal Keeper: A Memoir is being published by Grove Atlantic in March 2010.