a note from Bob...
Maybe the nicest part of signings and readings --apart from selling books, of course-- is the chance to meet people who have been mere pixels on a computer screen.
Which is a way of leading up to saying if any of the events listed below occur near you, and you show up, please let me --and my wife Julie-- know you're there.
October 9th (Thursday): I'm reading from Bearskin to Holly Fork: Stories From Appalachia as part of Morehead State University's Reading Series. It's at the Folk Art Center on First Street here in Morehead, and starts at 7:00 p.m. The other reader that night is poet Matt Collingsworth, current director of the Folk Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.
October 14th (Tuesday):> I'm reading and signing at the Clay County Library Book Club. The contact person about the event is Susie Lambert
November 8th (Saturday): I'll be signing at the 22nd annual Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort. This is the literary event in Kentucky. There's more information at this link
Nov 21st (Friday): I'm reading and signing books at the Black Swan Bookstore on East High Street, in Lexington, along with poet Charles Semones and non-fiction writer Bruce Hopkins.
There ought to be television and radio appearances in the Lexington and Louisville areas soon. I'll let you know as they're scheduled.
Poor Richard's Bookstore in Frankfort is going to sponsor a signing in the very near future.
About some of the above:
The Morehead State U. Reading Series is in its second regular season. If we're in town on those Thursday evenings when it's happening, Julie and I never miss it. On the chance you'll be around town some other Thursday, the full schedule is appended to this newsletter.
I still haven't decided exactly what to read on the 9th. It'll likely be either "The Window," which opens Bearskin, or "Timber," another story in the collection. I think I like "Timber" better, but I've never read either story in public and if you have any thoughts on this, please feel free to let me know.
This year's "heavy hitter" authors at the Kentucky Book Fair will be James Archambeault, Wendell Berry, Silas House, Dr. Gene Burch and Russ Hatter, Annette Cable, Dr. Thomas Clark and Margaret Lane, David and Lilie Dick, Lynn Hightower, Marcia L. Jones, Bobbie Ann Mason, Joe Ashby Porter. If you've ever wanted to meet --as in have a real conversation with-- any of these folks, the Book Fair is a real opportunity to do so.
My year as a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader is winding down --only two contracted columns left-- but at a recent dinner for all the columnists we were encouraged to submit material to the paper even after the contract expires. I plan to
do so. I've had more fun with this "columnist" business than with any other writing. And if you're a writer, when the H-L announces it's accepting applications for slots, I strongly encourage you to try for one of them.
One reason you haven't seen a newsletter in a while is I recently began work on a video project funded by a grant from the Morehead Tourism Commission. My partner in this is Cameron Foster, an Emmy winning videographer who retired from the Oakland CA public television station a couple years ago and moved home to Athens OH. We're documenting a year's worth of recreational and cultural events in Rowan County, and so far we've done Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Morehead's Harvest Festival, and the Cave Run Storytelling Festival.
Cam Foster's taught Julie how to use his extra camera, so we're a two camera crew, and noticeable at events in Rowan County. If you're attending something locally, say "Hi" and let us know who you are.
Julie manages the web page and has put a new picture up. It appeared as part of a story about Bearskin in the Morehead News, and reporter Ron Middleton was nice enough to give us a copy. If you haven't been to the page lately, go get a look at Grrrl the pup. She's almost nine months old and there's reason to hope she's past most of the puppy craziness.
2003/4 MSU Reading Series
Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead
Sponsored by the Caudill College of Humanities and the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy
All events occur at 7:00 pm, on Thursdays
Contact: Melodie Past, (606-783-2340) or George Eklund (606-783-2398)
Oct 9 Matt Collingsworth; Bob Sloan
Oct 23 Phillip Krummrich; Lisa Creech
Nov 13 Keith Wahle; Jerry Roscoe
Nov 20 Kim Dearing; Austen Reilley
Jan 22 Adrian Swain; Liz Mandrell
Feb 5 Ford MacNeill; Mark Vanderpool
Feb 12 Rebecca Bailey; Steve Penn
Feb 19 Mike Frazier; Elizabeth O'Quinn
Mar 18 Dwayne Mynhier; Justin Daniels
Apr 15 Julie Sloan; Carla Thomas
May 6 Morehead Voices
NOTE: The last event in the series is an original "play for voices" by Phil Krummrich, and is especially recommended. Last year the "Morehead Voices" did a fiftieth anniversary reading of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, the first opportunity many persons had an opportunity to hear it.