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From Shelf Awareness: Harvard Book Store "had an unusual opportunity" to assist with the post-earthquake relief efforts "thanks to Paige, our in-store book-making machine. At the request of Google, we rush-printed dozens of copies of an English/Haitian Creole Medical Dictionary to be sent to medical aid workers in Haiti. When disasters strike so far from home, it's gratifying to have a hands-on, albeit small, way to help," the bookshop's e-newsletter observed.
My 4th editing joy is out today: First Contact, by Evan Mandery. Of course, i love it, but don't take my word for it:
“First Contact was love at first sight! What a hilarious ride - the uber surreal meets The Daily Show. I’m now staring at the cosmic calendar waiting for Mandery’s next contact.”— Tim Dorsey, Author of Nuclear Jellyfish
“Very funny... Mandery’s gleefully chaotic narrative packs just the right punch as he weaves in heady inter-galactic topics of censorship, physics, and, yes, the PTA.” — G. Xavier Robillard, author of Captain Freedom
“Mandery’s sharp sense of humor and habit of addressing the reader make for a stimulating and intelligent read that’s never short on laughs.” — Publishers Weekly
Mandery’s digression-filled narrative, covering topics ranging from Woody Allen’s early comedies to Rigelian Bundt cake, spoofs contemporary popular culture while telling an irresistibly good story.— Carl Hays, Booklist
I'm on the road, working on the edit of Seeds and visiting some locales..how does this sound?
Novelist, English teacher, and book reviewer Richard Horan will travel the country in 2009 and gather tree seeds from childhood homes of famous American -- mostly writers -- AND look for the connection between trees and their work. He’s already been to L. Frank Baum’s home and found that a wood road in front of the house when Baum was growing up was made of ...drumroll... yellow hemlock! He’s also been to Kerouac’s home in Lowell, MA already and scooped up some silver maple seeds, met some local people and found passages in Kerouac’s work that show he was the most at peace when in the presence of trees.
At every stop, Horan will look for the connection between the presence of trees in each famous person’s life and the possible effect on their adult lives and work. He may not find it at each stop, but we both expect some unexpected literal and figurative detours on thsi journey, not the least of which might be finding some trees have gone extinct. Horan will also meet and talk with living folks along the way: botanists, some of the authors’ descendants, and booksellers who are local literary history experts, too!
He and I already have trees growing on our respective window sills: Fig trees from seeds he gathered at John Muir’s boyhood home in Sacramento and maples from Kesey’s place in the Big Sur!
Here is his itinerary, but this is a work in progress: Literature: CA: Muir; CA: Ferlinghetti; CA: Brautigan; CA: Kesey; CA: Henry Miller; Monroeville, AL-Harper Lee/Truman Capote; Columbus, GA-Carson McCullers; Jackson, MS-Eudora Welty; Oxford, MS-William Faulkner; Asheville, NC-Thomas Wolfe; Archer City, TX-Larry McMurtry; Chicago, IL-Studs Terkel, Lorraine Hansberry; Nebraska - Willa Cather; St. Paul, MN - Garrison Keillor; Hannibal, MO - Samuel Clemens; Litchfield, CT-Harriet Beecher Stowe; Windsor,VT- J.D. Salinger; Walden Pond and Concord, MA-Henry David Thoreau; Lowell, MA-Jack Kerouac; Jamaica Plain, MA-Sylvia Plath; Amherst, MA-Emily Dickinson; Long Branch, NJ-Dorothy Parker; Germantown, PA-Louisa May Alcott + Gettysburg; Chittenango, NY - L. Frank Baum; Brooklyn, NY-Walt Whitman, Henry Miller, Betty Smith; 14 West 23rd Street New York, NY-Edith Wharton; History: Seneca Falls, NY-Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Georgia - Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter; Monticello, VA -Jefferson; Mount Vernon, VA-Washington/Sarah Johnson; Washington, D.C.-oldest tree at The White House; Springfield, IL-Abraham Lincoln; Gettysburg battlefields; Ellis Island; Pearl Harbor/Wheeler Field/Oahu (also Barack Obama’s childhood home) Jazz/Music/Television/Sports: Graceland/Memphis, TN-Elvis Presley; Grand Rapids, MN-Judy Garland; Jamestown, NY-Lucille Ball; Los Angeles-Marilyn Monroe; New Orleans, Queens-Louis Armstrong.