Back in Nashville after nearly a month in New York (where I took the time to insult Bill Ryan yet again) and, after several days of unpacking and unburying myself from mail, plus hosting my father, who made the drive with me, I’m happy to report I’ve officially commenced work on my next novel. Its working title is Playworld and that’s about all there is to say now, though if you want to see a video that hints to its content, yes, that’s me in 1979 on NBC’s Hot Hero Sandwich. I spent a huge chunk of today researching characters’ names and chipped only a few cubes off the iceberg, but the novel has existed in my mind in some form for nearly a decade and I’m stoked to begin.
Meanwhile, an alert regarding several upcoming appearances I’ll be making in the next several weeks. In Nashville, I’ll be speaking at Vanderbilt’s University Club at 6 p.m., August 25 (see the hyperlink for details); as well, I’ll be giving a reading/discussion about Mr. Peanut and Ladies and Gentlemen at Hillsboro Village’s Fido, also at 6 p.m., an event done in conjunction with Bookman/Bookwoman bookstore. Finally, I’ll be appearing with novelists Blake Butler and Jesse Ball at the Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend.
By the way, if you’re fluent in French, here’s a cool interview I did for the online publication Evene. Mr. Peanut will publish in France this September.