In addition to finally taking care of a few long-neglected chores around the house, I’ve been using these unusual days of Staying-The-Hell-Home to better prepare myself for the upcoming release of my book, “Stone Motel – Memoirs of a Cajun Boy.” Here’s an update on the book launch:
Books o’ Goshen! The publisher, University Press of Mississippi, tells me that, despite all the weirdness out there in the world, my book will be delivered in mid-April, as anticipated. If you ordered yours directly through them or through another source, you should be getting it delivered to your door soon.
My hope is that you will enjoy being entrapped in my world for long enough that you will forget, for a little while at least, that we’re all entrapped right now in something beyond our control (which is not nearly as nice as reading a book – even one about my less-than-perfect adolescence).
Book Tour de Farce! I was finalizing plans for a book launch tour down Louisiana way from May 9th to the 20th when – BLAM!!! – all this virus chaos started unfurling in real time here in the U.S.
In Eunice, La. (where the book is set) there was also to be a fundraiser for the Doris Stagg Scholarship Fund, featuring readings of three monologues from the book (one each from my mother, father, and grandmother) at the Players’ Theater. Also in Eunice, I had arranged appearances at Beaucoup (an enchanting menagerie of a store featuring the work of local artisans) and the LSU-E Bookstore, both of which will be selling my book. Before leaving Eunice, there was to be a stop at L’Acadie Inn, the motel that once was The Stone, for a reading there. I was then to head to Cottonwood Books in Baton Rouge before flying back to New York.
But all that is now going to have to wait. I definitely plan to make all this happen soon when people can gather again without fearing for their wellbeing.
I haven’t cancelled my flights (airlines ask that we wait for the week of our flight to check/cancel/adjust), but I’m pretty sure New Orleans still won’t be a place to move around much in mid-May (which is just sad on all counts – New Orleans typically pulls up its post-Mardi Gras hoop skirts and sashays all spring long, starting with it’s inimitable Jazz and Heritage Fest, which has been postponed until autumn).
The Audio-dasity! Meanwhile, while I was to be in Louisiana promoting the book, I was also planning to spend time recording the audiobook. And now that, too, is in limbo – but something that I am determined to get done asap, because I know many people prefer to consume books that way. As you might imagine, for the audiobook, I’ll be doing my best to capture the Cajun accents/patois that are all over the book.
The silver lining here is – if you’ve got the book ordered for delivery – you’ll have it soon and (using up some of this unplanned home-time) be able to check right into the Stone Motel.
Good Health to us all!
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