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March Madness

I wish I were a bigger NCAA basketball nut, but alas, I’m not. And neither is my immediately family. When I asked Luc, my 12-year-old, who he was pulling for he said, “Kentucky, because I love their fried chicken.” That kinda says it all right there.

But March brings travel madness—in this case I’m on the road for more than half the month. So far it’s been Seattle…Stuart and Vero Beach, Florida…Coeur d’Alene, Idaho…and Arizona, for the Tucson Festival of Books.

The best thing about book festivals is getting to hang with fellow authors. I loved spending time with Lisa Genova, Ann Hood, Helen Simonson (who really should have her own HBO Special) and Luis & Cindy Urrea.

On a side note, while in Tucson we were able to attend a benefit to preserve ethnic studies in Arizona—Mexican American History, Black History Month, books about Chinese boys falling in love with Japanese girls—just sayin’.

With plaintiff, Curtis Acosta, along with Luis Alberto Urrea, Ann Hood, and Thomas Cobb.Next week I’m off to Findlay-Hancock, Ohio for another community read.

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Reader Comments (2)

That sounds like so much fun, Jamie. Besides, anytime we can do something to preserve our various cultures, that's a good thing. I'm not much of a basketball fan either though. In fact, I'm not really much of a sports fan. Probably anti-American to say so (maybe they'll come take back my official "guy card"), but there it is. Anyway, be careful in your travels and hope you continue to have fun.
March 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Stallsworth
We are reading your novel in my Rdg101 class at Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York. Is there any chance you have a speaking engagement on Long Island or in NYC in the next couple of months? My students are all enjoying your book; they are eager to meet you!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Dorkings

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