I’ll be reading, discussing and signing copies of Man of War this Thursday at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. Please join me!
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At the LA Times Festival of Books
I had a great time this past Saturday at the LA Times Festival of Books. The day started off early at Vroman’s Bookstore where Ashley Ream, author of Losing Clementine, and I supplied the “In-Transit Entertainment” on one of the buses the store had chartered to the festival. Ashley is a delight and looks pretty darn adorable in a beret.
After I arrived (with wife and mom in tow), I signed some books for Vroman’s behind their tent. Sorry about giving you the finger in this photo. It was completely unintentional.
Here I am transporting a stack of Man of Wars from overstock shelving to the table where I’d later sign them. But I wasn’t just moving paper. I was trying to give customers the impression that the book is so good they have to buy ten copies. Also note my massive biceps. Lifting hardcover books is a great way to save on those ridiculous gym membership fees.
Interesting placement for MOW. One friend observed that I was in a “Hitchens sandwich.” Another
friend former friend commented that Hitchens’ books look a lot wordier than mine. Likely because I don’t know more than seven polysyllabic words.
Later that day I returned to Pasadena and saw this quote by some guy named Benjamin Franklin. I liked it so much I took a photograph of it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Join me and fellow first-time author Ashley Ream on Saturday, April 21st, when we’ll be entertaining passengers aboard Bus #2 en route from Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena to the LA Times Festival of Books. Rumor has it there will be bagels, cookies and goodie bags. And my mother.
Driving in China
Taken a few years back in Zhongshan. I remember the first time I went to China back in 2003 there weren’t many motorcycle taxis on the road. Times have changed.
For a thorough examination of driving in China I highly recommend Peter Hessler’s book, Country Driving. He’s a wonderful writer.