Portland Bound

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Just a reminder that I’ll be flying out to the lush, misty wilds of Portland next week to visit my friends at Tin House and to conduct a couple events:

Thu., JULY 31st: Song of Myself marathon reading at IPRC

Fri., AUG. 1st: Slide lecture and Q&A at Ampersand Gallery and Books

I’ll also be signing and numbering the screenprinted posters (see image above) that Tin House has made from my artwork. They’ll be available for sale via Tin House after next week.

There may be a few other events in the offing, so stay tuned. Hope to meet some of you next week!

More to come

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I’m taking a short hiatus from book-related events to recharge and tend to some commercial projects (we need to keep the lights on around here). Some new events are listed on the Events page, and more are coming. Stay tuned.

Across the Brooklyns

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My whirlwind tour of independent bookshops in Brooklyn yesterday ended at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where NYU professor Karen Karbiener has been hosting an annual marathon reading of “Song of Myself” for the past eleven years. I want to thank her for so graciously including me: I was honored. Some truly wonderful readings took place yesterday. As people read, I could see the corresponding image from my book, which was a curious experience.

Here’s a list of Brooklyn independent booksellers who have signed copies of Whitman Illuminated for sale: Spoonbill and Sugartown, Greenlight, and Bookcourt.

The fantastic folks at Word in Greenpoint (hi Katie and Jenn!) are currently out of copies, but they will be restocking soon–and they are the only shop that had my tee shirts and book bags on display for sale. (The guys at Word have been such huge supporters of my book. I’m going to do my best to come back to sign their copies, if I can. Besides, I really like Greenpoint: it’s like a cross between Port Richmond and Eagle Rock.)

My thanks to Katie and Jenn at Word, Susan at Spoonbill, Jarrod and Sam at Greenlight, and Sarah and Lauren at Bookcourt.

Manhattan Flash Tour: Update

MercuryMy feet have blisters this evening: today, I ran all over Manhattan, dropping by as many independent booksellers as I could and signing their copies of Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself. I wasn’t sure what kind of reception I would get (people are busy, after all), but I can’t thank Blake, Emily, Landon, Rachel, Davi, and everyone else enough for being so generous, welcoming, and helpful.

Here are the independent booksellers in Manhattan who now have signed copies of my book for sale: Strand Book Store, McNally Jackson, Bluestockings, The Corner Bookstore, and Crawford Doyle Booksellers.

But Brooklynites: despair not, for I will reprise my role as Mercury in your fair borough this Sunday! I will be stopping by the following independent bookshops, in this order: Spoonbill & Sugartown, Word, Greenlight, and Bookcourt. (I hope to arrive at my first destination by noon.)

After I’ve completed this mighty feat, I will be racing over to Brooklyn Bridge Park to participate in this year’s Song of Myself Marathon Reading. Hope to see you there–and support your independent bookstores!

Friday’s Flash Tour: Manhattan

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Here’s Friday’s rough itinerary for the Manhattan leg of my flash book tour! I hope to arrive at my first stop, Strand Bookstore, around 11AM (828 Broadway). I’ll then zip into Forbidden Planet next door, then bop over to McNally Jackson (52 Prince St). If I have time, I might whoosh over to Bluestockings on Allen St, and maybe even careen uptown to Crawford Doyle. We’ll see. Hope some of you might be able to catch up with me; if not, my apologies. At least I’ll be leaving signed copies of my book at these shops for you guys. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to polish my golden boots (wind resistance is a killer).