The New York Times posted a brief, kind blurb about the book today. Included an image, which is always a plus. The print version will run this Sunday.
Tonight is the first of my book tour events, which will be held at The Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. Starts at 6PM. See you there.
My agent Peter took this shot of my book on the new arrivals table at The Strand Bookstore today. Thanks, Peter!
Huge thanks to my friends who made it out to the roller rink tonight. We had a nice crowd tonight, although all that skating and falling down made the photos too blurry to use. (Walt didn’t do much skating, but he really enjoyed the cake.)
After two years of working and waiting, the day has arrived: Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is officially released! Think I might slip into an indie bookstore or two to see it on the shelf. Then I’m going rollerskating.
My sincerest thanks to my agent and friend Peter Steinberg, and to the folks at Tin House, who have been nothing less than fantastic throughout this entire process.
I suppose we’ll see what the public thinks, now.
Out on an orchid hunting jaunt today down along Big Timber Creek in Laurel Springs, NJ. Whitman writes about this spot in Specimen Days: he convalesced here after his stroke. If you’re lucky, you’ll see Walt lounging in the trees here sometimes…
Friends: we’re only eleven days away from May 13th, the official release date. Copies are already available online–but if you can, please give your business to your local independent bookstore, especially the places where I have events planned: the Rosenbach Museum, Brickbat Books, SI, and Housing Works. I am inscribing copies at these locations this month. So come out, grab your copy, and get it signed by me. Thanks!
Fact: Whitman was an avid rollerskater. So bring your body electric to celebrate the official release of my book, Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself! Thrill to the swirling renditions of the hits of yore by Holiday Skating Center’s much-acclaimed organist! Swoon as you glide over a glassy floor comprised of countless lovingly-polished wood panels! Rejoice in the endless counter-clockwise rotation around a fixed point in space! Snacks! Drinks! Laughs! Possible diner visit afterwards! It’s the sort of Jersey night Walt would have loved. If you want Walt (who just might make an actual appearance that evening), look for him under your wheels on May 13th!
Here is the event page on Facebook.