Good news for the Miami chapter of the cult of Maria Semple: she’s coming to Miami Book Fair.
Semple is the author of 2012’s hilarious hit of the summer, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” — and if you read it, you know what I mean when I say it’s a must-read. The Miami Herald named it one of the best books of the year (and you should trust the Herald, because that’s basically me). Lots of other people liked it, too
Waiting for more of Semple’s bracing humor has been tough (she was a writer for one of the greatest comedies ever, “Arrested Development” if you need more proof of her brilliance). But on Oct. 4 Semple and publisher Little, Brown deliver “Today Will Be Different,” about a woman trying to take charge of her life and reinvent herself.
Because I am me, I have a galley already. Here’s the opening bit:
“Today will be different. Today I will be present. Today, anyone I’m speaking to, I will look them in the eye and listen deeply. Today I’ll play a board game with Timby. I’ll initiate sex with Joe. Today I will take pride in my appearance. I’ll shower, get dressed in proper clothes and only change into yoga clothes for yoga, which today I will actually attend. Today I won’t swear. I won’t talk about money. Today there will be an ease about me. My face will be relaxed, its resting place a smile. Today I will radiate calm. Kindness and self-control will abound. Today I will buy local. Today I will be my best self, the person I’m capable of being. Today will be different.”
I’m guessing today won’t be different, but that’s the fun, isn’t it?
Semple will appear at Miami Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19. No word yet on what time so keep a eye on the fair schedule, which goes live mid-September.
And in case you missed it, a film of “Bernadette” is in the works, with Richard Linklater (“Boyhood,” “Everybody Wants Some!”) slated to direct and — please, powers that be, make this happen — Cate Blanchett as Bernadette herself.