Before we get to the literary news, a few bits of housekeeping. Thanks very much to all of you who wrote in about our Vermin on the Mount appearance and our Festival of Books coverage ... If you haven't heard back directly from us yet, we're still digging out from underneath all the rubble.
Unfortunately, the rubble will remain pretty thick for the next few days. We're off to NYC on Wednesday morning ... Among other things, we'll be meeting with Sam Tanenhaus at last, and we'd love to have some of your thoughts and questions in hand ... If there's anything you think we absolutely have to ask Mr. T, please note it in the comments box below.
Additionally, we begin something of an adventure this morning. We were recently invited to come in and teach an eight-week class in short story writing for a group of at-risk boys in the juvenile detention system ... We teach our first class this morning and we're very excited and slightly terrified at the thought. We think there's a graduation style reading in one of the bookstores around town at the end of the eight weeks, so stay tuned.
Our verminous pal Jim Ruland (who gave us a much-needed crash course on teaching) has kindly consented to take the reins of TEV on Friday while we're off in rainier climes, so please do stop by and see what evil weirdness he has up his sleeve.