I’m posting this week all about the Book Expo America that I just returned from. Books galore, authors galore, grumpy marketing folks galore and the “best book bag” category winner is McGraw-Hill who refused to give this lowly press blogger a giant red handy bag for carrying all the book schwag but did give my husband one because he’s a book buyer (in the form of being a PE, technology teacher at a private school.)
All this week I’ll be featuring some books that are soon to be released and some that were at the Book Expo that are particularly outstanding.
For now, this first post will feature a link to the Rock Bottom Remainders band, which put on a fantastic show on Friday night in New York at Webster’s Hall. Imagine seeing Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Dave Barry, Stephen King, Andy Borowitz and my own personal favorite Roy Blount Jr. all jamming on stage for charity. Amazing show! I’m fully convinced that at the end of the day all writers and actors really want to do is have their real dream come true by fronting their own band. Scott Turow was light on his feet and Roy Blount Jr. was in fine form.
I mostly watched Roy, and if truth be told and tried to keep myself from running toward him and telling him I was the same journalist/writer from Austin who nary a 15 years ago sent him a letter asking him to read my work and marry me on David Letterman or at the least, let me treat him to a Shiner Bock in Austin, TX.
Mr. Blount did kindly write me back, but didn’t bite at the marriage proposal or the Shiner Bock. He did say my writing (the letter itself) seemed pretty good. (Look at me now Roy…I’m on top of a business books blog!)
The band always has some outstanding guests that come to jam including Warren Zevon (bless him), Bruce Springsteen and this event featured Roger McGuinn from The Byrds. (Thus the Tambourine man reference. Yes, I know Dylan wrote the song.) But the bigger point is that it was McGuinn with the Remainders and a really cool night.
So here’s a link to their web site – see what they support and make a donation! And make sure on every business trip you take, you also take at least one book of the band members along so you can support their band!
Roy Blount has a hilarious book titled “Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South” that takes aim at all that is misunderstood about us Southern folk. Andy Borowitz wrote The Republican Playbook and is astoundingly funny.
And frankly for a PR plug here about another astoundingly funny satirist, comic extraordinaire and Addy award winning graphic artist – go and get this book – “Troubletown Told You So: Comics that Could Have Saved Us From this Mess” by Lloyd Dangle.
By day Lloyd is an award-winning creative illlustrator, by night he dons his comic strip cape and offers a stunning portrayal of the current mess we’re in at his site Troubletown.