Since I came home from the Montana Festival of the Book back in October, it’s been a quiet few months on the get-out-and-yak-about-books front, and that hasn’t been entirely unwelcome. For one thing, I managed to shove the short-story collection out the door. For another, I managed to move to a new house. For yet another, I managed to write another novel (or a draft of one, anyway). What I’m saying is, I haven’t wanted for things to do.
And still, I have things to do. Fun things, thankfully:
On March 29th, I’ll be at the Great Falls Public Library as part of The Great Falls Festival of the Book. I’ll be doing an event with my friend and colleague Ed Kemmick that is being billed as, wait for it, “An Evening With Ed Kemmick and Craig Lancaster.” This is my favorite kind of event, and it’s not even close. Being able to get together with people who truly love books and share stories with them … I can’t think of anything book-related that’s more fun. (Did I sufficiently hedge that statement?)
The Great Falls Public Library is at 301 2nd Ave. North, and the fun begins at 7 p.m.
And then, on Tuesday, April 17th, I’ll be at one of the grandest independent bookstores you’d ever hope to find: The Country Bookshelf in Bozeman. I’ll be reading from Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure, and I might even work in a selection from my current work in progress. Who knows?
The Country Bookshelf is at 28 W. Main Street in Bozeman. That event, too, begins at 7.
I was neck-deep in the day (er, night) job during the Oscars telecast, but I couldn’t miss the excitement as my Facebook feed burbled with the news about Brandon Oldenburg winning for his work on the short “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”
Oldenburg is an alum of my high school. I didn’t know him — mine was a big-box high school — but I sure am proud of him. (And I loved the fact that he wore a tuxedo made by Dickies to the show.)
February 27, 2012 | Categories: Authors, General, Marketing and promotion, Novels, Publishing, Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure, Readers, Readings, Short stories, Travel | Tags: Academy Awards, Bozeman, Brandon Oldenburg, Ed Kemmick, Facebook, Great Falls Festival of the Book, Great Falls Public Library, Montana Festival of the Book, Oscar, Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure, Richland High School, The Country Bookshelf, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore | Comments Off
Things have been a bit quiet around here lately. I have a good excuse: We moved into a new house.
Well, that’s not entirely true. The house is old: 83 years old. But it’s new to us.
The move from a one-bedroom condo to a rambling old three-bedroom cottage has not been without its adjustments, all of them for the better. But for me, there was one sadness in leaving the old place: It’s where I wrote my first three books, in a little corner of the main room. The new house gave us the space to allow me my very own office (at the bottom of the stairs, in the basement), and I have every expectation that I’ll find this spot as conducive to writing as I did the old one. I’d better.
Here’s a quick tour:
February 21, 2012 | Categories: Authors, General, Novels, Progress Report, Writing, Writing process | Tags: ancient technology, Animal House, Caddyshack, Craig Lancaster, Dallas Cowboys, writing, writing space | Comments Off
On the occasion of my 42nd birthday, this one’s from me, for delivery at a time to be announced later.