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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Newburyport update

The Newburyport Literary Festival 2008 in Newburyport, Massachusetts (in the northeast of the state, near New Hampshire and the shore) has posted its schedule on this page:

I'll be reading at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, the 26th of April, at the Newburyport Public Library. Where is this, you ask? I have no idea, but how tough can it be? Don't answer that question. I'll be reading from Monster, 1959 but there will be an extensive, I hope, Q+A and of course I'll be happy to take questions about any of my books (or anybody else's books, for that matter). Plus I'll sign stuff if people would like. At first I was like, "Ten in the morning, yeah right, I can just picture the mob we'll have." But looking over the schedule, it seems like there's stuff going on all day, beginning at 8:00 a.m. (oy) and continuing through till evening. So maybe we will have a decent early-rising crowd after all, and hopefully you will be a part of it.

In case a weekend in eastern Massachusetts is not part of your immediate future, I will also be appearing at the Border's Bookstore in Farmington, Connecticut on Sunday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m. This is the Border's next to Westfarms Mall, and it follows a very nice review in the Hartford Courant (see previous post) so let's hope some people turn up for that one too. An interview in the Courant is in the works for the Thursday before.

And if anyone reads Publishers Weekly, this week's issue contains a review I wrote of Tim Winton's Breath. Winton is an Australian writer who has never broken very big in the US, but I liked this book pretty well.



diony said...

Hi David
Just finished reading Book of Samson and loved it.
I am a producer at a small production company, Welela Studios, in Johannesburg, South Africa. We have just completed our first movie, Meisie, directed by Oscar nominated director Darrell James Roodt.
We would like to enquire about optioning the book. Please send details of who we should contact to
This is an unconventional approach but sometimes the direct route is best.


Hi Diony

A big hello to South Africa!

Yes the book is still available for optioning, and (ahem) all my other books are too.

It's very kind of you to inquire, and it means a lot to me to know that the book has made such a transcontinental impression. Thanks. I have copied your message and sent it on to my agent. I will also write to you directly from my email with his address, because I don't wish to post it on this public forum.

Thanks very much for your interest and your kind words, and let's see if we can work something out.