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I’ll be going to AWP in Washington, DC. Perhaps I will see you there?

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AWP, that annual meeting of the writers, teachers, publishers, and MFA programs, takes place in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Like many others, I feel conflicted even entering the area code of the Orange-Headed Fascist, but perhaps there is strength in numbers. There better be.

I’ll be doing the Spinal Tap-style book-signing thing at the 99: The Press table (414-T) on Friday, 1-2pm. Buy a copy of SHADER, get some extra goodies from me.

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Listen to me speak on the Dan Reads Books podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, I talked with writer/editor Dan Higgins about Shader for hew new Dan Reads Books podcast.

I had fun digging into discussions on writing, the retrospective voice, interviewing family members for research, and how working class memoirs lack bourgeoisie  group-hug endings. It should pop up on the podcast’s iTunes feed soon, and the Soundcloud link is embedded above.

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Shader a committee pick at New England Book Show!

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Here’s a photo of a display at today’s New England Book Show, where Shader was selected as a committee’s pick. Thanks and shout-out to Shader designer Colleeen Cole for the photo!

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Just up on Ohio Edit: “Notes on Purple Rain.”

20120212_MSDanEssay-11-Edit-2I accepted a double date invitation from Bruce Chace to go to Cherry Hill East’s junior prom. There’s no other way to put it: Bruce was swishy. He wore immaculately tailored suits and lived in a McMansion’s guest house that had a hot tub. We weren’t really friends, so I can’t figure out why I escorted a blind date as a favor, along with Bruce Chace and his beard. My best guess is I’d just gotten my driver’s permit and had a car, the 1972 Country Squire station wagon, which I rechristened, aspirationally, the “Love Boat.”

A biblical rain came down that night. I dropped off Bruce and our dates; I then drove the Love Boat into the rain, lost and drunk, and sang along to my Purple Rain cassette 30 miles into the Jersey Pines. I took the station wagon deep into Cherry Hill, past Evesham and Ramblewood, way beyond Tabernacle.

New Jersey is so small, I thought. If I just turned around, I’d eventually find home.

Read the whole thing here.

This Prince memory now seems way more than bittersweet. When Amy Fusselman, writer-editor of Ohio Edit, suggested I send along an excerpt from Shader–after sending her a way-too-long-for-the-web piece–this was the first chapter I thought to pass along.

 

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Hey Williamsburg: I’m reading at Pete’s Candy Store on May 19!

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Hey. This has been on the schedule for some time now on the ole Events page, but I wanted to let people know that I’ll be reading at my beloved Pete’s Candy Store next month, and it looks to be really fun, with a couple of major writers and also me. Details here, and maybe I’ll add a Facebook event page when it pops up.

Thursday, May 19, 7:30pm 
Pete’s Reading Series with Rob Spillman, Lori Jakiela, and Daniel Nester
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 

 

 

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