My publisher, young Adam Robinson, the Howard Hughes of Baltimore, has informed me that the second printing of The Origin of Paranoia As a Heated Mole Suit has gone out of print. Such sweet mixed emotions. He has tossed enough copies into the garbage (no, recycling, he is a good man) to make me feel good about myself. But, on the other hand, my baby is gone! If for some odd reason, someone happens to hear about it and wants to check it out it will be no more, like tennis shoes that are not like space stations but do have support.
He has given me the option of the book going into a third printing or doing up a whole new book altogether. I am a writer, which is after all, just about all I wanted from life, other than a quick feel of Bobbie Gentry, since I was 12 and tried writing my mother's biography but instead penned the novel Gang Fight. Which I'm proud to say got passed around school so much that pieces of it disappeared forever. I don't think there were xerox machines back then, just mimeographs that only teachers with upswept neo-beehives had access to.
Other good news is I got in the anthology City Sages: Baltimore with the likes of Mencken. F. Scott, Poe, Gerty Stein, Laura Lippman and Mad Bell.
This Saturday is the annual huge fundraiser for AWP. It's taking place at the G-Spot. Shattered Wig Press got asked to participate so I asked Chris Mason and Shelley Puhak to go to bat for us. Here is the lowdown on the event:
Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 7:00pm
Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 12:00am
G-Spot, the Audio-Visual Playground, 2980 Falls Road
Flash readings of poetry and fiction
Meet area publishers and authors
Music headliners Victoria Vox and Greg Holden
Fantastic music by other Baltimore favorites, including novelist Madison Smartt Bell singing the blues and Flannery O'Connor award-winner Geoff Becker and his blistering band
Buy books and music signed by the artists and authors
Great food & drink (cash bar)
Rafael Alvarez auction!
Tickets: $15 general, $12 students
All proceeds go to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs