Grandma Checks In

From  Closer to the Ground: “Smart, gregarious, inquisitive, but above all else, crows are survivors, adapting to any environment, from deep wilderness to inner city… My mother says Grandma is a crow now. I’m not sure if I buy it, at least not in a literal sense. Yet I can’t help feeling a special affection for the big black birds…”

What further proof do I need? Sunday afternoon, as I was getting ready for the book event at Diesel, this crow appeared outside the window of my mom’s place in Berkeley. Coincidence? Maybe. But I’m happy to have her watching over me.


Upcoming Book Events

Hi everyone! We have a full slate of book readings/signings for Closer to the Ground coming up, and I hope you can make it out to one of them. Here are the dates and places:

Friday, November 9th……….Avid Reader in Davis, CA at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 10th…..Sports Basement Presidio in San Francisco, CA at 4:00pm

Sunday, November 11th…….Diesel Books in Berkeley, CA at 3:00pm

Tuesday, November 13th……Collected Works in Santa Fe, NM at 6:00pm

Thursday, November 15th….The Kings English in Salt Lake City, UT at 7:00pm

Friday, November 16th……..Dolly’s Bookstore in Park City, UT at 6:30pm

Come on out if you can–it would be awesome to meet you in person. Hope you are all well.

Nikki & Me

Nikki McClure makes incredible art with nothing more than an X-acto knife and black construction paper. The beauty, emotion and complexity she creates with these simple tools are why she’s such a renowned and beloved artist.  Her cover art and chapter-heading illustrations for Closer to the Ground capture the spirit of the stories, and bring a visual beauty that I couldn’t have even imagined. I’m stoked to have Nikki’s art as a part of this book.

I was also happy to see her at the Olympia, WA reading at Orca Books on Saturday. Actually, the whole day was awesome. Orca Books had a great crowd, there were lots of excellent questions and we sold every copy of Closer to the Ground in the store. We also got to spend some time with Nikki’s family after the event, and then the Sweeneys (great friends who appear in the book) hosted a tremendous feast with bacon-wrapped teriyaki salmon and oven-fried razor clams. What a day. We drove home late at night tired, thankful and with spirits flying high.

To check out more of Nikki’s art, click HERE.