Tucson Festival of Books–March 2018

The 2018 Tucson Festival of Books has confirmed that my novel, Hardpan, has been nominated for participation in the Indie Author Pavilion on Sunday, March 11th from 12:15-2:15 pm. Here’s the link to the festival: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/

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New children’s book underway!

What do these books have in common? They’re background reading for my new writing venture in children’s middle grade fiction. I am immersed in reading these wonderful books and taking an online course thru the Children’s Book Academy (CBA). All important … Continue reading

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My book reading event at Book Passage in SF set for Monday, May 8, 6-7 pm

My book reading event at Book Passage in the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, San Francisco, has been rescheduled to Monday, May 8, 6-7 pm. I will be reading from my historical novel, Hardpan, and showing some fascinating photos from my Wyoming bookstore tour last summer 2016. Hope to see you there!

Pic of our Wyoming ranch, taken during my Wyoming book tour last summer 2016. The setting for my novel, Hardpan.

Summer 2016. Our Wyoming ranch, setting for my novel, Hardpan. 

 

 

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Sentimental Journey

I just published “Sentimental Journey” on Medium!
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First stop on book tour: The Second Story in Laramie, Wyoming

Here are Parts 1 & 2 of my Wyoming book tour. This one-week trip in early August was both a sentimental journey to my childhood ranch in northwest Wyoming (the setting for my debut novel, Hardpan) and tour of indie bookstores in the state, starting with Laramie, then Cheyenne, Casper, Cody, and Jackson.

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Sentimental journey: Wyoming book tour August 8-12

I’ve been getting ready for weeks. Firmed up stops in Laramie, Cheyenne, Casper, Cody, & Jackson Hole. Towns that form a diagonal across the state from southeast to northwest Wyoming, through Yellowstone National Park to the Grand Tetons.

Bookstores and local newspapers with names that echo the rural West: Wind City Books in Casper and Legends Bookstore in Cody; the Laramie Boomerang and the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

Bob & I will drive to our family ranch near Clark where my family lived in the mid-1950s—the place that inspired my debut novel, Hardpan.

But this time our ranch house won’t be there. During my last visit in 1973, I didn’t imagine our ranch house would burn down a few years later. Even so, the ranch land will be there—all thirteen hundred acres of it.

I’ll marvel at the rugged expanse of sagebrush and cultivated fields interrupted by the Clarks Fork River winding its way to the Yellowstone. I’ll wonder at alfalfa fields that continue to defy the pounding winds and moisture-starving sun.

And the spectacular setting won’t have changed much. That backdrop of the rugged Rocky Mountains soaring to Colter Pass at Cooke City, Montana will look as majestic as ever.

I’m counting on meeting up with a handful of our former neighbors from Clark and Badger Basin. People like the Torczons and the Teicherts who’ve moved to nearby towns over the years, and younger generations who are carrying on the ranch traditions.

My mother has copied me on her yellowed hand-written list of names and addresses of her Wyoming friends, many lined out as people have moved or died. After all, it’s been over half-a-century since we lived in this mythical place.

I’m buzzing at the prospect of meeting new people who are interested in reading my book, and with Wyoming natives who’ve already read it and want to discuss it with me. They’re eager to find out more about this tale of a young ranch family dealing with unexpected challenges and hardships in the era after World War II, a tale that resonates with their own lives.

So jump into the old pickup, my friends. Come along with me on this journey to the Old West. The West before paved roads found remote cattle ranches in northwest Wyoming. The West before televisions and computers and the Internet took over everyday communications. Together we’ll discover today’s pioneers in this starkly beautiful landscape.

An early version of the book cover for Hardpan. Photo of our family's pickup used in move from Wyoming to Central California in 1957.

An early version of the book cover for Hardpan. Photo of our family’s pickup used in move from Wyoming to Central California in 1957.

 

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Meet & Greet set at The Depot Bookstore, Mill Valley–August 20th

Come to my Meet & Greet at Noon on Saturday, August 20th. The Depot Bookstore & Cafe is delightful place to visit in the heart of Mill Valley-- Marin County.

So cool to see my debut novel placed between such august company! Come to my Meet & Greet at Noon on Saturday, August 20th. The Depot Bookstore & Cafe is a delightful place to browse for books & eat a delicious lunch in the heart of Mill Valley–Marin County.

 

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Upcoming reading at Copperfield’s in Santa Rosa

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Join me on Tuesday, July 19th for Hot Summer Nights at Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa. I’ll be reading from my novel, Hardpan.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and features me and three other authors: Waights Taylor, Jr. (Touch of Redemption), Arlene Miller (The Best Little Grammar Book Ever!), and John Grayson Heide (The Flight of the Pickerings).

Copperfield’s Books
Montgomery Village
775 Village Court
Santa Rosa,  CA

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First fan letter from reader

First letter from a fan of Hardpan

Nothing like receiving my first fan letter from a reader of Hardpan. Donna Markle attended my book reading at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon in January 2016. She grew up in Casper, Wyoming, not far from Clark, the setting for Part I of my novel. Thank you, Donna!

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Stopping by book stores in Berlin & Budapest

While visiting Berlin and Budapest in early October, I stopped by book stores to ask if they would consider adding my debut novel, Hardpan, to their shelves. They expressed a strong interest, and explained how I will need to go thru wholesalers to make this happen. Both stores carry many books by American novelists (Jonathan Franzen’s new book was featured on a storefront poster of Booksellers in Budapest). Dussmann’s in Berlin is a three-story multi-media/book store, including a huge vinyl records section and large separate section for books written in English. All very impressive and fun!

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