This weekend is a full of film festival fun! I'll be spending today, tomorrow, and Sunday hanging out at Tower City Cinemas for the Cleveland International Film Festival (say hi if you see me!) so while I'm indulging in my love of independent film, I thought I'd pass along some reading recommendations!
First up, the book I wrote!
If you've been reading this blog for any length of time you probably know that I've been working on a book behind the scenes. It's not related to this blog in any way (which is why I only really ever mention it in passing) but it is about my hometown. It's being published through Arcadia Publishing and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. The official release date is July 20, 2015 and there is already a fancy debut reception party type thing being planned in conjunction with the Hudson Library & Historical Society and the Learned Owl Book Shop.
This isn't my first publication. I've had poetry published in Potomac Review and an essay on librarianship in C&RL News. But, like, this is, y'know, a book. Like, an actual physical book that will be sold in stores with my name on the cover.
The second book is the short story collection I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life, written by Michael Czyzniejewski.
Mike was my college mentor: along with interning under him at the literary journal Mid-American Review, he was also my thesis advisor. He's hysterical and his stories are hysterical and I highly recommend you read it.
Finally, Tim Gunn's The Natty Professor which comes with a somewhat silly story.
So, like, a year ago or something I filled out some online survey thing about my favorite teacher or something and then promptly forgot all about it. No, seriously. I forgot all about it. So much so that when I got an email from Simon & Schuster asking for my address to mail me a signed copy of the book I had no idea what they were talking about.
Even then, when the book showed up this week and it was a personalized signed copy I was still so confused. Until I started flipping through and suddenly it all came flooding back.
Needless to say, Tim Gunn and I are, like, totally BFFs now.
Have you read anything good recently? Share it here!
Love from the ashes,