November 8, 2012 7:00 am | Tags: Cincinnati, Introductions, Lisa Ampleman, Strategies Against Extinction | No Comments
When I went back to Cincinnati to promote my book, I asked my friend Lisa Ampleman to introduce me. I’ve given a few introductions myself, and heard plenty of them over the years. They aren’t easy to do. So I was really touched by what Lisa had to say about me and our friendship, and asked if I could post her intro on my blog. She said, pay me ten dollars. I said, okay.
(She really didn’t ask for ten dollars. It was fifteen)
Here’s what Lisa wrote: (more…)
October 23, 2012 1:13 pm | Tags: Books By the Banks, Cincinnati, MOTR Pub, Readings, The Missouri Review | No Comments
Last weekend, I was back in Cincinnati, my hometown, for two events. The first was a reading/hangout with old friends (I mean, people that go back to my elementary school days) and graduate students at the University of Cincinnati. The event was in the Sword Room of the MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine; I ended up skipping the reading part to chat up my friends, sign books, drink pints, and watch baseball. I’m pretty okay with that turn of events! The second was on Saturday, at the wonderful Books By the Banks festival, held in downtown Cincinnati.
Which gave me an opportunity for a little writer-envy.