November 3rd, 2016
I’ve received a couple of queries – stop fiddling with your cell phone and listen up, Jon Lonoff! I’m talking to you! – about where you can get a copy of Among the Lost for your very own. It’s distributed online at Amazon, Ingram, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes and Smashwords. I don’t even know what some of those are. Once my web site is updated, you can get it from me, but that may take a little while. At this web site,you also can order copies right now of the previous volume in the series, To Join the Lost. My publisher, Fomite Press, is reissuing To Join the Lost, so you will be able to get it at all the venues I’ve mentioned, but that may take another month before it’s ready.
May 29th, 2014
I was going to title this post “Yahoo!” but that might have been misinterpreted. So much of our language has been commercially appropriated. Eat more kale, says I. Anyhow… I am pleased and proud and tickled and relieved to announce that the second volume of my poetic trilogy, which revisits Dante’s Il Purgatorio in much the same way that To Join the Lost revisited L’Inferno, has been accepted for publication by Fomite Press, a publishing house after my own heart. Visit their site and you’ll see what I mean. The “relieved” is because I took some risks with this one, and they seem to have paid off. Both of the editors who have read it so far have liked it enough to want to print it. Projected publication date is some time in the first half of 2015. So… if you haven’t bought a copy of To Join the Lost yet, now would be a good time to do so, so that you can be all read up and prepared when Goldfish Rising (or whatever we decide to call it) hits the streets! You can get your very own copy of TJTL here; if you ask, I’ll autograph it for you.
October 27th, 2013
I am thrilled to announce that To Join the Lost now is available at Shakespeare and Company, the wonderful English-language bookstore in Paris. Yes, that Paris. They accepted a few copies on consignment when I was there last week. It was a rainy afternoon. I sat outside under the awning for about forty-five minutes afterwards, waiting for the drizzle to subside and basking in the thrill of having my book on those bookshelves. There also was a pretty good view of a chunk of Notre Dame.
Shakespeare and Company is a place steeped in literary history. Well, sort of. A bookstore by that name opened in 1919 on the Left Bank. Through the 1920s, expatriate American and British literati hung out there: Ernest Hemingway, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein. Its owner, Sylvia Beach, published Joyce’s Ulysses. The original store closed in 1940, during the German occupation. It never reopened, but a second store was opened in 1951 (the year before I was born) by George Whitman and it bears the same name; its current owner, Sylvia Beach Whitman, was named for the original store’s founder, and she has worked hard to maintain the same spirit and commitment to writing and writers that made the first store legendary.
I didn’t really expect my book to find a place there, and I am thrilled that it did. But now I find myself in a bit of a quandary. It is there on consignment. That means, if it doesn’t sell out in the next six months (unlikely as that may seem) I need to retrieve the copies. I don’t think I will be able to go back there so soon, although I dearly would love to do so. There are items on the menu of Au Bascou that I haven’t tried yet. I need a contact in Paris who can handle that for me (the book, not the restaurant) next April, if necessary. Volunteers?
March 30th, 2013
If you’re going to be in the Greater Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, Metropolitan Area the evening of April 26, 2013, and if you are not otherwise unbreakably committed by reason of social or business engagements to spend the evening elsewhere than the Lewiston Public Library, and if as a visitor to this site you have more than a passing interest in the wit and wisdom of me, you might find it well nigh irresistible to check this out.
February 6th, 2013
I’ve been involved in a nascent writers’ co-op, here in Burlington, and this past weekend we had our first public event. I thought it was a grand success. Apparently this reviewer thought so, too. In case anyone was in any doubt, I am available to do readings at just about any venue – libraries, schools, theaters, stadiums, meadows, NASCAR rallies. I promise you it will be a different kind of thing. I might even bring along Dante himself! Just contact me through this web site. While you’re at it, you can buy a copy of the book.
January 29th, 2013
To all of you who have bought a copy of To Join the Lost, I am sorry to report an error. Page 178, line 1 should read “Archimedes” not “Aristotle.” Can’t imagine how I let that slip through! To all of you who have not bought a copy, what are you waiting for? You can order one right here.
December 1st, 2011
In addition to exquisite taste in literature, Ted Lehmann seems to have a fine blog.
November 21st, 2011
Providing new evidence in support of my theory that all good things come from Canada, and particularly from the Maritimes, please welcome Debbie Rodgers of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, writing as Ex Urbanis.
November 15th, 2011
Okay, “Kudoriffic” sounds like the title of a 1950’s Japanese monster movie. Is it possible that the accolade level is beginning to exceed my ability to deal with it? Stay tuned… Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy Poet Hound’s ruminations as much as I did.