The former books editor of the San Francisco Chronicle is driving south to appear tonight at Book Soup. He blogs from the road:
I’m on my way to Kepler’s Books & Magazines to sign copies of "The Schreiber Theory," my new book. I’ve been to Kepler’s before, when I promoted “My California: Journeys by Great Writers” but I heard it had posted a closing notice soon after that. It's clientele rose up and said, “We’re not going to stand for this!” and, using the internet, raised the funds necessary to buy it from the owner and run it as a public trust. It's a real success for California bookselling.
I’m driving to Kepler’s from San Francisco, where I just appeared on KQEDs “Forum” with host Michael Krasny. For the benefit of those people who weren’t hanging on my every word (those of you in a publishing house in Hoboken, New Jersey) the interview went very well.
The key to the whole thing happened before we went on air. I made a mistake that rookie “booktourers” might make — they scheduled me to appear with Marilyn Fabe, a professor at UC Berkeley who is teaching a course on the auteur theory and is the author of her own book, "Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique," which takes the opposite position of my book "The Schreiber Theory."
Let this be a lesson to the rookie authors! Although it broke the ice (and almost broke the table), from there we relaxed since the worst was behind us. We realized that the best we could do would be to try to have an interesting conversation.
I just saw Marsh Avenue, so I’m about 3 miles from Kepler’s. More once I arrive!