Reporting from the Road: NYC/Boston

I'm now in week three of a five-week book tour...

The New York/Boston gigs for my novel Finch and for Booklife were a lovely blur. I enjoy both cities, and we had a great attendance at both boookstore events, with raucous, fully engaged crowds. I read with Paul Tremblay and David Anthony Durham in Boston and with Geoff Manaugh and Jeffrey Ford in NYC (with Ron Hogan moderating a discussion of cities real and unreal). I also did an MIT lecture with great attendance at MIT's new media studies center. The lecture focused on aspects of private and public booklife and should be available via podcast soon. Afterwards, we had a Q&A session hosted by Kevin Smokler of

As ever, New York was dirty, gritty, and fantastically alive. I walked everywhere I could, ignoring the subway, just to reacquaint myself with the texture of the city. Whether walking through a high-end shopping district or being interviewed in a dive bar around 44th Street and 9th Ave, attending the National Book Awards with my wife or eating breakfast in a greasy diner, I was once again in love with the energy you could find on every street corner. After the bookstore event, we invited everyone to join us at a local bar, and a good thirty people did, including Ford and Manaugh and Hogan, but also people like Rick Bowes, Paul Witcover, and Lev Grossman. I really enjoyed meeting Lev for the first time, and loved that he seemed comfortable discussing both high and low culture. The whole evening was a lot of fun for me--so great to see so many old friends, too.

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(From the Plymouth State exhibit, along with the poster for the Baltimore event...)

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