November 8, 2008
I turned forty at the Book Release Party on October 19, 2008, while my friend Esther turned 27. And my novel — HELP! A BEAR IS EATING ME! — turned zero! Happy birthday everybody!
These pix document the joyous Birthday Book Release Tour Kickoff And Other Excuses To Drink Party held at Plan B bar by Eraserhead Press on October 19, 2008. Above, Publisher Rose O’Keefe and I prepare to release these baby books into the wild — to be consumed immediately by the large, lit-hungry crowd pictured below!
Egad! Over a hundred people! Guests clad as woodland creatures received free beverages from a mysterious patron known only as “Omnivore”.
Yr. humble self-promoter began with literature, then delved into the natural sciences, and concluded the evening by wrestling a live bear (not shown).
Boatloads of thanks to everybody who came! Drinks for all my friends! I was amazed by the turnout, and by the vigorous book sales! If only I could do this in every town …
Thanks also to Plan B for putting up with us, and to the denizens of Goth Industrial Dance Night for not drinking our blood! And thanks to Rose and Carl for taking pictures! (If you were there and took pictures, tell me where they are and I’ll post them here.) Thanks also to the Portland Mercury for a glowing event listing. Extra-special super-thanks to Trained Bear Danny Norton, who parted the digital equivalent of the Red Sea to overcome technical difficulties and get the !%$%!$ slideshow working.