Days away from publishing "A Storm of Stories"


With publishing this second book, I feel like I’m rowing a boat with my eyes on a tiny treetop in the distance, using the point to guide me as I plow forward, but unable to see exactly where I’m going. I know I’ll turn around and I’ll be there. But I cannot tell you the exact date I will arrive. I can’t tell you exactly where I am. But I’m almost there.

I know I’ve been saying it for a long time. “A Storm of Stories” is coming. Next week? Really? Stay tuned. It used to be years, then months away, then weeks, and now it’s down to days. I’ve been busy with final proofs, and I have a lot on the horizon.

Here are some notable dates if you want a signed copy of “A Storm of Stories.”

57th Street Books is hosting my book launch party for “A Storm of Stories” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at 1301 E. 57th St, Chicago.

I will appear at Eat My Words bookstore for a book signing and reading at 3 p.m. on Sat., May 14 at 1228 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, to celebrate my new book in my hometown neighborhood.

I will also be signing books at Printer’s Row Lit Fest at the Chicago Writers Association tent on Saturday, June 11 from 2 to 6 p.m.

“A Storm of Stories” is general fiction and handles love, craziness and impossibility. Early readers are calling it “a modern 1,001 Nights.” The novel is about a woman who hits a hitchhiker with her car during a whiteout storm in rural Wisconsin. The two of them end up stranded in the car telling stories to pass the time as they wait for help. Some of the stories take place in India, Denmark and Canada, as well as Midwestern locales, like Chicago.

It’s a bit of a trip, a bit of a journey.

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