a note from Bob...
Looking this over after having written it, it occurred to me I oughta explain --again-- the word "we" appears here so many times not because I'm addicted to using a "royal we," but because my wife Julie is so thoroughly and completely involved in what happens with my writing it's sorta silly to say "I" did anything. It's all definitely a "we" process.
If you belong to a book club or fraternal/service organization that has speakers in, or if you know someone who is, please give my name to whomever schedules the speakers. I'm very interested in such functions.
Firstly, some I info about where Julie and I are going to be in the next little while, and then some notes about where we've already been:
Nov 12th (Wednesday): Menifee County Library, 1:00 p.m. (This is a new building, and I'm really looking forward to seeing it, and to meeting some people I've not yet looked in the eye. There's a meeting of the Menifee County Book Club at noon, after which I'll read some of my stuff. My friend Glenn Ferrell, and fellow writer who lives in Menifee County set this up for us.)
Nov 21st (Friday): Reading at the Black Swan, East High St., Lexington KY 7:00 p.m. (I'll be reading with poet Charles Semones and family historian Bruce Hopkins.)
Dec 7th (Sunday): Kentucky Authors Day, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington KY (This is a good opportunity to pick up copies of autographed books for Christmas presents. It may be worth noting that if you've bought a copy of Bearskin and would like to have it signed, send me an email and I'll tell you how to make that happen.)
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We had a great time at the 22nd annual Kentucky Book Fair. I signed about thirty books --a nice showing for fiction from an independent press like Wind Publications-- and met a slew of people for the first time. I especially enjoyed meeting Steve Flairty, who wrote the nice review of Bearskin which was in the October issue of Kentucky Monthly magazine. (If you haven't seen the review, and would like to, the text of it is here.
We spent more money on books than we should have, but there's a significant discount off cover prices at the Book Fair.
If you haven't gone to a Kentucky Book Fair, think about attending next year's event. It's a chance to meet a bunch of writers, face-to-face, and to buy their books at a discount. And the proceeds go to benefit libraries around the state.
Several copies of Bearskin to Holly Fork were purchased by libraries, which is great.
Wind Publications works hard at keeping books affordable. Some folks who'd like to read Bearskin can't afford to buy it, so Julie and I have donated copies to several area libraries. Some libraries --especially those in smaller communities-- frequently have very small budgets and are grateful for such donations. Books given to libraries are almost always tax deductible, in the event any readers of these words who itemize their taxes are looking for an especially worthwhile write-off.
Arts Across Kentucky magazine will run a review of Bearskin soon, and the Ashland Independent did a feature on it in their Sunday edition on November 8th.
Last month Julie and I drove to Mansfield KY, where I read a couple of stories to the Clay County Book Club. I'm still sorta shaking my head over that experience. That meeting was well attended, by some of the nicest people I've met anywhere. And ahead of the reading they set up a food table that was a real meal-deal.
There is at least a possibility my novel Home Call will be in print sometime next year. I'll keep you all informed about that as things develop.
I've had a few inquiries about when I'll be on National Public Radio again, and when my next column will run in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
E-mail problems have kept me out of the paper, though I think those were resolved late last week. I plan to submit another column Monday, and if it gets to where it's supposed to go, it ought to appear in the paper within a week or so. And if the e-mail doesn't work
I'll snail-mail it.
I'm working with a new editor at National Public Radio. Enough said about that...