Back in the Saddle

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.

Go Rafa.