November 2012

Hi friends

I’m writing this in the Seattle airport on my way back home from the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles, Washington. It’s been a busy couple of weeks of traveling and performing, hopping and skipping across this big country of ours. Pictures of the Olympic peninsula and the Four Corners area in the southwest are below.



Book News Lost and Found Cover A

Lost and Found, which came out in October, has gotten two good reviews from important places (Kirkus and Booklist), and the feedback from readers is really good too. You can order it at various places, including– where I’ll be happy to sign it if you wish. (fill out the gift message part of the order form)

I also have signed a contract with Peachtree for a series of books about a fourth grade boy as he goes through the school year. I’m working on rewrites of the first book with my longtime editor there, Vicky Holifield – I hope the book will be out next fall. It’s funny. Duh.

Working with Friends  

I just finished up a recording-"It's Not Fair to Me" -with my pal Keith Munslow. Actually, Keith did the yeoman’s work on it – we recorded it mostly at his house, and he did most of the mixing.  Meanwhile, I ran around. It’s got songs by both Keith and me, and a couple we wrote together. It was a lot of fun to record, and we’re happy with what it sounds like. Pretty wacky. Duh. I'll let you know when it goes on sale.

FYI: the single "It's Not Fair to Me" is available as a digital download now.

  Also coming up is my annual Food Bank benefit - Saturday, November 17th (shows at 11 and 2) - with Keith and other friends at Lincoln School in Providence. We’re hoping to sell out both shows and if you’re within range, would really love to have you come. We’ll be joined by the usual gang of suspects, including the talented fiddler Rachel Panitch. Tickets are onsale now through the foodbank:  
Debbie Block  

One other thing that has been happening in my life is watching Debbie – manager, wife, smart person – become a celebrant who officiates weddings. She’s very good at it – I mean really good. She did three weddings this summer, and every one of them was spectacular. She’s now studying myth and ritual and thinking about a lot of stuff that is, somehow, very much related to what I do. This is a great thing, and I love that she’s doing it. But I hope she still books me.



I’ve read a bunch of good books lately, including Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand – a really unbelievable and powerful story, and The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. I’ve been a student of the recent history of the Slavic countries, and Obreht’s story, which mixes folklore and history and family is a really powerful piece. I highly recommend it. Also, my friend Karen McPheeters at the Farmington (NM) Public Library gave me Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni. I’m just kind of thinking if we could make everyone sit down and read it at the same time, in the same room, we would be doing a whole lot better.


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From the Office
  Featured Recording - on Sale!  

From now until Wednesday November 28 "Grownups Are Strange" will be on sale: $10 for the CD, $4 for the digital download.

In addition to the very popular song "Grownups Are Strange", this recording includes 2 long form stories. "Happy Birthday Mrs. Nottingham" is about Bill's second grade teacher and how everyone loves celebrating their birthday, even when they don't think they will. "Grandma vs. the Headless Man" is another story featuring Bill's friend "Glenn" (from "The Battle of the Mad Scientists" and "Field Trip"). This one is about camping in the back yard, telling scary stories and a grandma who will "fix yer wagon". If you haven't heard these tales, what are you waiting for? Great stories, great deal, get it now.

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