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Recommended Reading / East Bay Books

Thanks for the recommendation, Leigh, and East Bay Books.


"...takes the great American myths and quick-skins them for the open flame. Stories: absurd, harrowing bleakly hilarious."


Get Get'em Young from East Bay here.


Happy end of semester to all you teachers, profs, writing friends in school! 

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A Best Book of 2022 / The White Review

Big thanks to writer David Hayden and the White Review for selecting Get'em Young, Treat'em Tough, Tell'em Nothing as a Book of the Year among some fine company. This is the second year in a row. Last year Joanne Kavenna chose Pity the Beast for the list


Thanks for all you do at White Review for art and literature. 


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Foyles/ London / Chris Power

Fun times in the UK Dec 1st. Thanks Foyles and Chris Power(!), one of my favorite writers, who moderated the Indie Stage event with Sheena Patel, Peter Scalpello, Jennifer Atkins, Thea LenarduzziDaniel Hahn, Marieke Bigg Rebecca May Johnson and me. It was great to meet and listen such a wide array of talented writers, and such an honor to read among them. Thanks especially Michael Watson at And Other Stories for setting this up and squiring me about town before and after.


Thanks Nicolas, Mel (all the way from Texas), Sandra Jensen (all the way from Brighton), Melanie and John for showing up.


Happy Holidays all! 


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Around London

Thanks Nicolas and Michael for guiding me around the big city...That's Jack at Daunt Books in the cool specs in the Daunt Travel Room. If he releases the video we made about Pity the Beast, I will link it here



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Well, Bristol was just a fun time... arriving in the glowing--but otherwise apparently abandoned -- city as England played Wales in the World Cup. I saw police on horseback, steeds shoulder-to-shoulder facing in at pub windows so their riders could see the game. Then the street parties after as I went hunting for grub.


The next day I cruised about, navigating with a paper map (some locals were amazed by it), across Spike Island to Storysmith, then through town to Gloucester Road Bookspast Bansky murals, endless charity shops, and food from across the world, before hustling back down the big long slope, to the Christmas Steps, to the aquarium, to the big black Rhino Beetle watching over the Christmas Market in Anchor Square... to the wonderful event back at Bookhaus. Signed copies here


Thanks Darren and Jesse from Bookhaus for the great chat by the sea with the Bristolian readers and writers gathered...and for the historic pint at The Llandoger Trow after. I will be rereading Treasure Island now that I've been there. 


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Get'em Young in Edinburgh, Scotland

They say it rains a lot in Scotland, but it's been all sun here. Edinburgh Castle (fun to go there thinking of "Judas Cradle" from Get'em Young), the Christmas Market just opened by the Scott Memorial on Princes Street, Dunkeld-- the Scots' ancient capitol-- Perth, Crieff, Storm and Arthur's barn, and the green green hills dotted by many sheep. Thanks Margaret for coming from Fairbanks, Ak to make it so fun. Glasgow is next (after the trip south, see below).


Thanks especially to the genius indie booksellers in Edinburgh for inviting me in to sign books this week. Portobello Bookshop (hi there, Helena, Elsa and Elena, thanks for the cab), Blackwells (hello Chris J, I hope you like the book), Toppings (thanks Rachel of the feminism and science books dept), Golden Hare (hey, Polly, the lunch rec was great,) and coming soon to Typewronger.


The roadshow shifts south soon to the other side of the Scotland border:              


BRISTOL, Bookhaus                                                 LONDON @Foyles

November 30                                                               107 Charing Cross Road,

Rope Walk,                                                                   December 1 
Bristol BS1 6ZJ                                                            6 -9 PM
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6 - 8 PM                                                                        with indie authors:
More info                                                                      Sheena Patel, Peter Scalpello, Jennifer Atkins,

                                                                                        Thea Lenarduzzi,

                                                                                        Daniel Hahn, Marieke Bigg and

                                                                                       Rebecca May Johnson.

                                                                                          More info                                                                  

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GET'EM YOUNG, a NYTIMES Recommended Title

Thanks to the NYTIMES and Gregory Cowles for adding GET'EM YOUNG to this week's Editors' Choice list. What an honor and thrill to find the stories in such wonderful company. 


To see how much love both GET'EM YOUNG and PITY THE BEAST have been getting at the NYTIMES this month-- the WSJ and GUARDIAN too-- scroll down to recent posts.


Huge thanks all. It means so much.

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Double Wammie on lucky Nov 13, 2022 in the Sunday NYTIMES Book Section.


PITY THE BEAST made it into Paperback Row.


GET'EM YOUNG appeared in a print review by the stupendous Aimee Bender in the same issue. 


Thank you to the NYTIMES, Tom, Stefen and Jeremy @ And Other Stories for making this happen. 


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I got this copy of the Sunday NYTIMES Book section in the Salt Lake City airport. I took the picture in the middle of the concourse... travelers kindly making way for a clearly crazy person, some maybe wondering what was up. I tried to show it to the high school kid next to me on the next plane who was reading 1984 for class. (I told her that was a good book, Orwell's, that she had there....) 


Thanks to all the kind people who helped make this book tour happen. It has been a dream. Thanks especially to Tom Flynn of And Other Stories.


I'm headed to the UK soon (Bristol on Nov 30, London on Dec 1).... for more fun with tea and crumpets.

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What a wonderous night in Seattle. Thanks especially to Putsata Reang (MA AND ME) who gave her precious time and energy to talk about my stories with me last night. Thanks also to Spencer and Third Place Books for making it happen. It was fun to see James from Madison Books show up, also many fabulous Seattle and Hugo House friends, especially Lynn and Brian Grant and Shira. 


See you all next time in the Emerald City. 




Buy signed books from Third Place. They ship, and every order to an indie bookstore helps to keep indie publishing vibrant. 

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