I’m reading next Tuesday at the Indie Reader event Authors Unbound. I’ll be joined by three other authors. I’ll be reading from My Year as a Clown as well as playing the song that’s a free download in the book. Hope to see you there.
765 Washington Street
I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be rolling through the virtual book blogging world throughout the fall, first with Teddy Rose:
and then with Tracee and Pump up your book:
More details to come as tour dates and locations are sorted.
Yesterday I took a remarkable journey through the personal correspondence of F. Scott Fitzgerald archived at the Firestone Library on the campus of Princeton University. I held actual letters from Scott himself, as well as communication written by friends, writers and colleagues.
It was a surreal feeling reading these letters, often heartbreaking. Scott pleading with the life insurance company because he didn’t have the cash to pay the bill. Doctors detailing Zelda’s situation. Notes about his daughter, Scottie; a teen-aged Zelda telling Scott to stop writing so much.
I drove down with my executive producer, Richard ‘Deej’ Webb. We went through thousands of pieces and found two tied to Westport: A note from Scott to his best man, Ludlow Fower, and a letter to Scott from H.L Mencken and George Nathan, editors of the Smart Set Magazine. Both make great additions to our film.
Security was tight and one must strictly follow the rules. Fair enough–these documents need to be protected for future generations. Here’s the ID card required to be worn at all times. No drinks, no food, no pen or pencils or paper (they provide that). No bags or other personal possessions (although laptops are permitted).
We took some photos (by permission), but we aren’t allowed to post until we clear the usage rights.