It can be trying for an author, after laboring months over a book in relative solitude, to suddenly face the glare of the book promotion spotlight. For the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, (RH/Crown; RHAudio; OverDrive ebook and audio; Center Point Large Print), the book tour took on an extra element of irony.
As Susan Cain writes in an essay in this week’s NYTBR, her conversion to “that impossibly oxymoronic creature: the Public Introvert” required her to do “the very thing my book questions: putting down my pen and picking up a microphone.”
She writes about preparing for her most terrifying assignment; a speech for the TED conference.
She clearly succeeded; libraries continue to show heavy holds on her book, which after 11 weeks on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller list, just moved to the extended list at #16 (it’s at #7 on the current Indie list, after 13 weeks).