Monthly Archives: June 2004

Great American Writing Road Trip Adventure

“a cross-country journey promoting the art of writing, with events in more than thirty independent and chain bookstores. You’ll hear the advice of top writing instruction authors and experts covering all aspects of writing and publishing.” The Schedule of Events have them coming to the Bay Area this weekend. (Bummer, […]

Distant Lands 2003 Book of the Year

WOW. Huge thanks, Distant Lands! Sand in My Bra was just named 2003 Book of the Year from Distant Lands in Pasadena. This came as quite a surprise. I had just said hello to Adrian, one of the Distant Lands owners at the ITSA Party in Chicago and he hadn’t […]

BEA 2004: National Geographic Directions

One of the fun things about being at BEA is to see what’s coming out next. The event is all about presenting the Fall books from publishers so that the booksellers can make their orders. Here’s what’s coming out from the lit line of National Geographic. Imagined London: A Tour […]

The New Yorker: Vacations from Hell

I bought The New Yorker Summer Fiction Issue yesterday. It had a section called “Vacations From Hell,” and the main reason for getting it was to read Susan Orlean’s story. She’s an author I’ve always thought I could learn from, so this was a good time to start. (There are […]

BEA 2004: A Different POV

Thanks to Andie for sending in this BEA commentary from author and blogger Douglas Rushkoff. I’ll have to read more in to it to see if it was his first time. It sounds like it was the way he reacted to the autographing area. Until last year, I’ve always been […]

BEA 2004: What, no stunts?

This year’s publicists have disapointed me. The bathrooms are clean and free of postcards and bookmarks. I haven’t seen any crazy booths. I only saw two big PR stunts. One, entailed numerous people in matching shirts reading a copy of the book at the entrance to the main floor. This […]

BEA 2004: ForeWord Awards

ForeWord Magazine, a bi-monthly publication dedicated to reviewing books from independent publishers, announced their 2004 book awards yesterday at BEA. Big congratulations to these award winners: Simon Winchester for The Meaning of Everything, Oxford University Press, Gold award in the History category Thomas Swick, A Way to See the World, […]

BEA 2004:I’m Going In

The next few days I’ll be posting on Book Expo America. If there are any publishers that you’d like me to look into for you, just put it in the comments box here. I won’t be working a booth, so I’ll have more time to roam the aisles. Now, to […]

Where Is All the Good Travel Literature?

You tell me. Lately I've been spending time with Jim Benning and Rolf Potts. Even though we are knee deep in the web world of travel writing, when we sit down for beers or dim sum it all comes back to print. But not quite in the way you’d think. […]