Today’s the day: The Last Stargazers is officially out in the universe! Order it today from AmazonBarnes & Noble, or your favorite local book store via Indiebound so that you can start reading all about the stories and adventures of life as a professional astronomer! Now that the book is published you can also rate and review it on Amazon. These reviews and ratings are another big part of getting new books out to readers, so five stars and a few words about why you liked the book will make a big difference!

Today wasn’t exactly the high-flying kick-off to a cross-country book tour that we’d originally planned for The Last Stargazers (though stay tuned for the paperback release, when we’ll hopefully be able to safely gather in museums and planetariums and bookstores all over the country to celebrate our love of stories and the stars!) Still, being able to celebrate my book’s release here at home in Seattle was a treat in its own way. I snuck a shiny new copy into my nearest Little Free Library…

…and I swung by my beloved local women-in-STEM-themed bookstore, Ada’s on 15th, to appreciate the full life cycle of a book: I wrote large portions of the book over a spicy mocha or chai at one of their cafe tables, so it was pretty cool to come back and see it “in the wild” on their shelves (and apparently packed up in lots of preorders!)

It’s been incredible to go from the first germ of an idea for a behind-the-scenes tale of astronomy to the beautiful, finished, bound, and now published book! It’s been a blast to share the progress and adventures and misadventures of the book-writing process and the world of professional stargazing with all of you, and I hope you all love the book!