Before returning home from the San Francisco reading, I got to pal around the East Bay with my mom, who, having just retired, had time to hang out and have fun. We ate lunch at a mind-blowingly good Japanese place in Berkeley (more on that later), then ran into one of her fellow recent retirees in Oakland. That’s Mom and her friend above, comparing notes on 401(k) payouts, social security, and upcoming shuffleboard tournaments.
Huge thanks to the terrific staff at Patagonia San Francisco for a great event. We had a full house, great food from Patagonia Provisions, beer, and a very enthusiastic crowd. I can’t even begin to express how uplifting these events are, and how much I’m enjoying them. And we still have more to come–if you’re near Seattle, Vancouver BC, or New York City, come on out and feel the love. Dates and times are on the website HERE.
Super excited for the book event this Wednesday at Patagonia San Francisco. If you happen to be in the Bay Area (or if you know someone who is, please share this) come on down to the Patagonia store, 770 North Point at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 16th. We’ll talk about foraging, fishing, wild food, getting kids outside and whatever else anyone’s interested in, then read a few excerpts from Closer to the Ground. Doors open at 6:00pm.
I think we’ll have a great time. Looking forward to meeting everyone in person. Hope you are all well.
Just a quick reminder about upcoming book tour events. I will be at the Portland Patagonia store Wednesday, March 9th, “in conversation with” my good friend, novelist John Larison. Doors open at 7:00pm, and we’ll start talking about Closer to the Ground, kids, foraging and food at 7:45. At some point, I will read some stories from the book as well. Snacks from Patagonia Provisions. Join us if you can.
And if you don’t know him or his work, Larison is brilliant. He’s the author of Northwest of Normal and Holding Lies, not to mention an incredible new novel (It’s going to be huge!) due out next year. He’s also a hell of a nice guy, an amazing angler, hunter, forager and father, and one of the main forces behind my writing of the book in the first place. His work and life continue to inspire me, and I’m honored to appear with him. I think you’ll really enjoy meeting him.
I will post more specifics as the dates come closer, but here are a few more: I will be at Patagonia San Francisco at 7:00pm, March 16th; Patagonia Seattle, 7:00pm April 12th (with yet another great writer and friend, Bruce Barcott, author of The Measure of a Mountain, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, and most recently, Weed the People); Patagonia Vancouver (BC), 7:00pm April 27th; and Patagonia Upper West Side, New York City, 7:00pm, May 18th (with New Yorker Cover artist, Adrian Tomine, who in addition to being my brother, is the author/illustrator of Summer Blonde, Shortcomings, and the recent and highly acclaimed Killing and Dying). I think these events are going to be a lot of fun.