:: LAMMIES AND WIDGETS!
NEWS! Queen of the Oddballs is a LAMBDA
LITERARY AWARD FINALIST in TWO, not one
but, TWO categories!!
LAMBDA awards, or "LAMMIES," are the literary
awards honoring gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered
been told they are one of the most prestigious literary
awards around. Past winners include such icons as
Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, Jeanette Winterson,
and Armistead Maupin.
nominated in both the HUMOR and Lesbian MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY
categories. WHOO HOOO!
award ceremony is on May 31 in NYC. I'll keep you
posted fo' sho'!
OFFICIAL! QUEEN OF THE ODDBALLS IS A WIDGET!
LOOK! You can now not only browse through Queen of
the Oddballs, you can share the love and spread the
word by putting this widget on your website or your
MySpace page, and letting everyone know you're proud
to be an oddball!
Just click on GET THIS FOR YOUR OWN SITE.
:: I HAD DINNER AT PHYLLIS DILLER'S HOUSE!!
can't even describe how BRILLIANT it was to hang out
with the ORIGINAL Queen of the Oddballs! Well, yes
I CAN describe it, AND I DO, on my MySpace blog. It
Showbiz AND life tips from Phyllis Diller
- PICS galore of her house, her collections and HERSELF!
(with me, too!=))
- An easy contest for YOU to win an autographed copy
of her memoir, Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse!!
CHECK IT OUT!
:: CHICAGO = KICK-ASS READING, ANOTHER ODDBALL TV
MOMENT, WACKY PODCAST INTERVIEW, FABULOUS BLOG, AND
NEW AUTHOR PAL!
a blast reading to a big, phat crowd with Jill
Ladies in Shiny Pants) and Elaine
Street Princess)! We were appearing at
Women and Children First bookstore the night
before Ellen Burstyn, who I neglected to mention
in Queen of the Oddballs happened to feng shui
my living room! Elaine has a fabulous blog, and both
Jill and I are featured in the latest entry about
appeared again on the WGN morning news show,
and since I juggled the first time, this time they
wanted me to eat fire. No prob in the rehearsals
just seconds before my time slot. But right after
my interview portion, I launch into my fire-eating
song ("Hot Hot Hot Over You") and the
freakin' lighter won't light! I spend what seems
like hours trying to get my torch lit -- on camera!
Finally a grip comes in and hands over his lighter,
saving the day. It was actually really funny. Sheesh.
met some AWESOME peeps! Fausto Fernos and Marc
Felion do a hugely popular, award-winning podcast
of Fools. They interviewed me for an hour,
and I adored them so much I'm ready to stalk them!
out the interview....
Elizabeth Crane, genius author of When
The Messenger is Hot, and All
This Heavenly Glory. She sent me a BRILL
piece for the latest installment of FRESH
YARN (my website devoted to personal essays)
be sure to read it!
:: SO MANY UPDATES!
it's been awhile, but I've been on the last leg of
my tour and swamped. I'm finally back with lots o'
exciting news to report! WHOOO HOOO!
just returned from a weekend book festival in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, where I appeared on Kelo,
the TV news that goes throughout the whole state of
SD (and they have such an old-school, FONT-astic logo,
I'm including for your pleasure!). I was interviewed
on the NPR station for a half hour -- LIVE in Barnes
and Noble in front of a large audience, did some other
radio shows, book signings, and a fun-filled presentation!
also hung out with two Pulitzer Prize winners, the
U.S. Poet Laureate, best-selling authors, and Nancy
Pearl, the ROCK STAR librarian who has an action figure
modeled after her (and it outsells the Jesus and
Moses action figures!!). She also happens to have
her own TV show in Seattle, and a regular show on
NPR where she gave a lovely review of the "laugh
out loud" Queen of the Oddballs a few
weeks ago! READ
OTHER TOUR SHENANIGANS!
several events in Pittsburgh, thanks to some fans,
now friends, who coaxed me out there for a member
event at the NPR station they work at, WYEP. Loads
o' fun. Also did several radio interviews there
(go to AUDIO
to hear some!),
and a Good Morning Pittsburgh type TV show, along
with Marvin Hamlisch! Isn't he snappy in his white
bow tie?! If only he wore that on the morning show.
I wore mine.
RADIO SHOWS (including a totally fun
interview with Sabrina Artel on her highly acclaimed
show Trailer Talk, AND MORE!
:: LARGEHEARTED BOY LOVES QUEEN OF THE ODDBALLS!
awesome site where the creator, David Gutowski, features
pieces by authors who list a series of songs that
relate in some way to their recent book (an imaginary
soundtrack, music featured in the book, music that
inspired the book) along with a short description
of each track's importance. I wrote something for
it, and David wrote a FAB intro, where he said:
"... one of the
funniest books I have read in a long time. Carlip's
self-deprecating humor befits this Gong Show
winner's account of her life. This is my favorite
non-graphic memoir of the year, on a par with Alison
Bechdel's excellent Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic."
:: MEMOIRISTS COLLECTIVE ROCKS CLEVELAND!
our first joint reading extravaganza, Maria, Danielle,
Josh and I announced the winner of our "WIN A
SHOT AT GETTING YOUR MEMOIR PUBLISHED" contest,
via a live webcast.
out an awesome video tribute to all
the contest entrants, featuring the Collective on
the road! Also you can hear an audio
clip of the ENTIRE EVENT including
all four of our readings, contest winner announcemnt,
a quickie audience memoir contest, Q&A, etc.
FRESH YARN RELAUNCHES!
took a short break from the literary website devoted
to personal essays that I created two years ago (and
have been editing, hosting, designing, etc. ever since),
to go on tour and promote my book. Although I'm still
in the thick of Queen of the Oddballs, I have just
launched a new installment (#37!) of FRESH YARN featuring
six FRESH-TASTIC essays by a fabulous variety of peeps.
EVEN MORE TOUR DATES ADDED!
never-ending book tour! Two events added in Pittsburgh,
another Los Angeles reading, and keep your eyes out
for a special event in Chicago! Check
out my sched!
:: BOZO 'n' ME!
for the recent lack of updates, I've been so busy
on tour, dealing with our
Collective contest, and still doing everything
I can to spread the word about Queen of the Oddballs!
My tour has been SPECTACULAR and I love meeting so
many oddballs on the road! One of my fave moments
recently: I was appearing on the morning news in Chicago
at WGN-TV, and I needed a prop table to set my juggling
balls (hidden in gold lamé purse) down
on as I performed. The stage manager brought me a
table, and proudly exclaimed: "This was the original
Bozo's table." Yeah. You heard me.
Finally, new website updates!
** EIGHT new press articles/reviews/interviews!
** More tour dates added!
:: THE MEMOIRISTS COLLECTIVE and THE DITTY BOPS
have gotten together with three other authors to form
Memoirists Collective and we're doing an unprecedented
contest (Sponsored by Joseph-Beth
A SHOT AT GETTING YOUR MEMOIR PUBLISHED
grand prize winner will get their proposal read by
not one, not two, but THREE editors at prominent publishing
houses - HarperCollins, Hyperion and Holt! WOWEE!
also getting some great press -- Publisher's Weekly,
Reuters, Forbes, etc.
Read all about us, AND find out details of the contest
Bops, the AWESOME Warner Brothers recording
artists who give new meaning to entertainment, are
on a national tour, riding bikes across the country
to every gig! They keep a daily
blog for all their fans, and a recent posting
"abby and amanda have been devouring the book,
'Queen of the Oddballs' by Hillary Carlip. what an
inspiring and entertaining life she has led. highly
recommended reading." (<-- and look what's
on their table in the pic!=)) Check them out if you
don't know their music. THEY ROCK! And go
see them while they're in your town!!
PRESS, NEW TOUR
DATES, FUN FOR ALL!
:: CHUCK BARRIS LOVES QUEEN OF THE ODDBALLS!
right! Gong Show creator/host and CIA Assassin
sent ME a fan letter!! WOW!
just when you thought my tour was over, there are
FIVE, count 'em FIVE new tour dates in all kinds o'
what's new. And COME SEE ME, won't
:: TARGET LOVES QUEEN OF THE ODDBALLS!
has chosen Queen of the Oddballs as a BOOKMARKED
BREAKOUT book! So if you go into any
of the stores, it's featured next to Augusten Burroughs,
Elie Weisel, James Frey! Check it out!
:: KILLAH NEW BLOGS!
many peeps are writing such wonderful thangs about
Queen of the Oddballs, and well, OK, me. Go
check out the new blogs
-- including a FOUR-DAY spread!
:: NEW ARTICLES, REVIEWS and AUDIO!
been on the road touring, meeting SPECTACULAR peeps
and oddballs in every city!
out the excellent new article in The
about me, and two other memoirists including Augusten
Burroughs, thank you very much!
see the RAVE REVIEW in BUST
where Queen of the Oddballs is this month's
why not listen to a new audio clip, from NPR's
Leonard Lopate Show
in New York?
:: RADIO INTERVIEW(s)
been doing tons o' interviews. Why not listen to a
great one with ever-so-fabulous Satellite Sisters.
(kick back cuz it's 17 minutes!)
then scroll down and on the right you'll see to OUR
:: THE BOOK TOUR STOPS IN PHOENIX....
and I am asked to co-host a local morning talk show!
Let's just say the oddball antics continue as I DO
A GARDENING SEGMENT!
back soon to see a clip of it!
:: THE ELLEN VIDEO IS UP!!!
check it out
ME, ELLEN and LIZA!!
:: Queen of the Oddballs GOES INTO A SECOND PRINTING!!
the book even comes out! Thanks to the bookstores,
buyin' 'em up. Now go buy them from the stores, if
you'd be so kind! =)
:: I recently appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show,
teaching Ellen how to EAT FIRE!
you check back soon, I'll have some pics AND a video
segment happened to be on AOL's Top 5 video clips
the day after the show aired!)
:: A lovely piece about Queen of the Oddballs is in
the New York Times Sunday Styles section. Why
not read it?
:: Queen of the Oddballs has been chosen by the independent
bookstores throughout the country to be included on
the American Bookseller's Association Book Sense Pick
list for May!
probably seen the printed material (as well as a featured
shelf) at your local independent book store (remember
only pick 20 books a month out of thousands, so it's
quite an honor. They include a brief review from a
bookseller, and here's mine.
Carlip has lived a life we all wish we could claim
... and never has being so different seemed so unbelievably
cool. You will want to claim your inner oddball and
let it radiate on the world around you!" --Cynthia
St. John, Kepler's Books & Magazine, Menlo Park,