Tour Dates!

I’m looking forward to a busy two weeks at the end of February and start of March, when I’ll be criss-crossing the country to promote SETTING FREE THE KITES. I love going on tour, exhausting though it can be. I love meeting readers old and new, and I especially love getting to visit lots of wonderful independent bookstores. The dates that …

SFTK is a Midwest Connections Pick!

Great news to share – I’ve just learned that SETTING FREE THE KITES has been chosen as a “Midwest Connections Pick” for next February by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. A GOOD AMERICAN also received this honor and so I am doubly thrilled to have been selected once more. Midwest booksellers are excellent people – I met with a ton of …

It’s Only Rock and Roll, But I Like It.

Here’s an extract from Setting Free the Kites: Every Tuesday evening my parents went out for their weekly bridge game. Liam took their absence as license to play his music even louder than usual. On one such night, Nathan and I were sitting on my brother’s bed while he lectured us about music he hated – which was pretty much …

Swag!

  It’s a jungle out there in publishing land. With so many books being coming out these days, publishing houses spend a great deal of time working out how to get the attention of booksellers and other industry people. Nobody can read more than a tiny fraction of all the titles that are published each week – so how do you convince …

All Change

I have three jobs, each of which requires a different kind of dress code: Novelist [cardigan, tatty T-shirt, trousers if you’re lucky] Attorney [suit, tie, cufflinks, etc.] Book Festival director [er, no idea, but definitely not 1 or 2] It’s not at all uncommon for me (like today and tomorrow) to have client meetings and festival meetings in the same …

Galleys!

It’s a moment that never fails to thrill… when the nice UPS man leaves a box at your door with the freshly-minted galleys of your new novel in it. I’ve written before about the various iterations of a book that appear before the final hardcover is produced. This is one the sweetest moments, though – because this is the first …

I’m Not Crying

The other day I wrote a small screed on Twitter about the difficulties of choosing a passage from a novel to read at an event. It’s hard because novels are big, complicated things which can’t really be represented by a ten-minute reading (and heaven help you if you go on for much longer than that.) If one accepts the somewhat gloomy premise …

SETTING FREE THE KITES

Remember me? I don’t even want to think about how long it’s been since I last posted here. So much has happened since then. I’ve written another book and a half. I bought a house. I got married. I started a new literary festival. I’ve been busy, man. Anyway, here I am, back again, which can only mean one thing. …

New Beginnings

It’s been a busy time. In addition to completing rewrites for my next novel, my legal practice, being a dad, step-dad, and a husband, and the myriad challenges of turning the dream of the Unbound Book Festival into a reality, there’s been little time or space in my head to write anything new. I’ve been living with my new, as-yet-unwritten book for …

Chapter One

Columbia, MO is nearly a ghost town, which means one thing: term is over, and summer is here. Over the course of this last semester my wife and I have taught a course called “Chapter One” at the University of Missouri Honors College.  It’s been great fun.  We chose ten first chapters from across the canon, from Nabokov to Toni …