I am in the midst of a book shopping and book promoting tour, which has been somewhat unconventional. Here’s the itinerary of past and future events:
Radical Book Fair, Saturday, October 14, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta
The Radical Book Fair gave me an opportunity to see the AARL for the first time, which is a marvelous venue complete with reading room and exhibits. I chatted briefly with the booksellers at Atlanta Vintage Books, who still carry my “radical” Down & Outbound: A Mass Transit Satire at their store on Chamblee. I also chatted with a book distributor AK Press, to see if they would have room in their catalog for Down & Outbound.
ACP Photobook Fair, Saturday, October 14, Hawthorne Gallery, Atlanta
As part of the month long Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the Hawthorne Gallery hosted photobook publishers and photobook vendors. One of the vendors include Fall Line Press in Atlanta which carries Down & Outbound at their Beltline Reading Room. I did not expect to see D & O being displayed because is not a photobook per se, but it does include some quirky photographs, such as this opera house-like façade (shown) that for some strange reason is part of the Five Points MARTA swtation in Atlanta.
While at the fair, I thumbed through one of Fall Line’s new offerings, Jeff Rich’s Watershed: The Tennessee River, a collection of photos that capture the conflict between nature and the dams and other structures built by Tennessee Valley Authority. After living in Knoxville for years, I appreciated seeing the Tennessee River in a new light.
Paul Dry Books, Saturday, October 28, Reading Terminal, Philadelphia
Because I will be visiting the City of Brotherly Love for a wedding, I will finally be able to meet Paul Dry, the publisher of my book of essays, The Book Shopper: A Life in Review (2009), which is the namesake of this blog. We have much to talk about: families, books, publishing, and what the author Eva Brann is really like. Paul Dry has published many fine books and a few months ago, I wrote about some of my favorites, including Brann’s Double Think/DoubleTalk: Naturalizing Second Thoughts and Twofold Speech.
Get Lit West Georgia, Sunday, October 29, Printer’s Ale Manufacturing, Carrollton, Georgia
Organized by Josh Niesse and Meghan Bell of Underground Books, and in conjunction with a local brewery, this evening includes a literary quiz show, live music, and craft beer. How can that not be fun? I am one of the panelists on the quiz show (uh-oh) along with two other writers. There’s a brief reading and book chat and some giveaways, which include a couple "Thanks For Not Running Me Over" posters (shown).