Book Signings, Speaking Engagements, and Festivals
Right. Here we are, mid-summer, enter the dog days of August; your favorite-lazy-writer has been skating on his blogs long enough. Time to jump into the fray, back in the saddle–as it were–rev up the ol’ posts pages. The early fall will be quite busy for yours truly and I’m enormously excited. For this reason, there’s a new calendar-of-events plugin for the website. Check it out –> EVENTS PAGE.
DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL
The AJC Decatur Book Festival kicks off on September 3rd & 4th, right here in my hometown; Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2007 the inaugural festival started what would become an annual event. Each year, downtown Decatur becomes a mecca for legions of literary-bibliophile-hipster Atlantonians, drawing tens of thousands to book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. This year organizers expect over 70,000 festival-goers.
What a great opportunity to network with authors and publishers, be seen by readers, as well as sign some books. This is my first major event–I am thrilled to be exhibiting in my own booth (number 705)–located on Clairemont Ave, near the festival north entrance.
I first learned of the DBJ from a friend who suggested I attend the festival and see about presenting my book. What I discovered was that the Decatur event is one of the largest events of its type–in the world!
MURDER ON THE MILLER
That’s right, many years in the making, my original book-title was Murder on the Miller. Alas, that wouldn’t do, as my many collaborators suggested something a little less singsong-cliché. I eventually decided on the much more succinctly descriptive Lockdown. The ambiguous one-word title didn’t however elude a small clandestine group of men who got wind of a book about the infamous murder of 1985 being put to print.
Turns out, on this planet of more than 7 billion people, there is an underground movement of about 100 ex-Miller crew-members who call themselves the USS Doris MILLER Reunion Committee. The Miller Reunion group meets off and on, every few years. I’m not certain about the last get-together, could’ve been years ago, but thank God for Facebook; today reaching long-lost comrades is relatively straightforward. Anyway, Larry Goldfarb, the FB group administrator, reached out to me and this year I’ll be attending the group reunion on September 11th.
Speaking at the Miller Reunion is going to be an exceptional opportunity to connect with past Miller crewmen. The fictionalized moments of Lockdown make up the greatest proportion of the book. But the true elements, what the characters felt, how they worked alone and together; that stuff resonates with those who served aboard navy ships. Huge amounts of detail, specifically written for enlisted crew members familiar with the bowels of a Knox class fast-frigate, is included in the narrative. I’m super-excited to relive the story with these guys. I will savor every minute of this fantastic opportunity. It should be quite emotional.
For all things Lockdown, visit my various blog posts and book info pages. If you are in the Patchogue, NY area on Sunday September 11th, stop by 89 North; the Miller crew will be shooting-the-shit and trying to outduel each other with boundless sea-stories, no doubt; you can even pick up a signed copy of Lockdown. For more information, visit the Miller event announcement.
As always, if you have any questions about anything, feel free to send me a note. [contact Scott]
Peace and all things good to you.
The World Renown Decatur Book Festival
Saturday. Sept. 3rd & Sunday Sept. 4th | 10AM – 5PM
USS Miller Reunion 9/11 Memorial
September 11, 2016