Thanks to all who came out to the Burbank Library last night. I couldn’t have asked for a better first reading. Here’s a photo of me wearing a jacket that blends in nicely with the rear wall. I’ll add more photos as I get them.
I was on DC 101’s Elliot in the Morning today. For the first minute I had no idea I was on the air. It should be pretty obvious when you listen to it.
On Elliot’s blog, Man of War is featured just above the Miami zombie story. The book is also trending in The Huffington Post’s Weird News section. I’m starting to get a complex.
I’ll be drinking, reading and signing (in that order) at Central Bar this Sunday, June 3rd, from 7-9pm. Central Bar is located at 109 East 9th Street between 3rd and 4th ave. Here’s a link to their website. Apparently there’s an ATM available downstairs. Please be respectful to their neighbors.
Join me for a reading at the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library tomorrow night, May 30th from 7-8:30. More info here.
Yesterday the Sacramento Bee picked Man of War for their summer reading round-up. Learn more here.
If you’ve never been to Sacramento, it’s worth a visit. Very bike-friendly and full of a wide variety of imported trees. If you’re a history buff, like me, check out Sutter’s Fort while you’re there. Founded in 1839 by a charismatic (and complicated) Swiss named John Sutter, the fort was the epicenter of his colony, “New Helvetia.” Although it never materialized into the empire Sutter imagined, for nearly a decade the fortification functioned as a center of trade in what was America’s last frontier.
In 1848, John Marshall discovered gold on some of Sutter’s property fifty miles east of the fort. After the Gold Rush, Sutter fell on hard times, left California and settled on the east coast, dividing his time between Washington, D.C. and my hometown of Lititz, PA.
For further reading about this most complex frontier “king,” I suggest Albert Hurtado’s book, John Sutter: A Life on the North American Frontier.
The Wall Street Journal has reviewed Man of War. Read it here.
The Huffington Post asked me to write about why I reenacted 2,000 years of history. Here’s what I said.
From David McCullough’s “1776”:
“…the Americans of 1776 enjoyed a higher standard of living than any people in the world. Their material wealth was considerably less than it would become in time, still it was a great deal more than others had elsewhere. How people with so much, living on their own land, would ever choose to rebel against the ruler God had put over them and thereby bring down such devastation upon themselves was for the invaders incomprehensible.”