I'm posting this one from the Silver Cloud Inn at the water's edge in Tacoma.
It's been a big day already, with lots more to come. With the help of my friend, colleague and guest administrator Jody Bates, there's a new Twelfth and Race Facebook page. You could check it out for yourself. Part of the reason to put the page up today, is I'm embarked on the Grinning Through the Raindrops Pacific Northwest Reading tour. Pacific Lutheran University today. Willamette University today, Grass Roots Books in Corvallis on Friday, and The King's English Bookstore in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.
It's all there on the Facebook page. As are the two, new make me smile they're so good reviews. Booklist and Deseret News. You can read them yourself:
Twelfth and Race. Goodman, Eric (author). Mar. 2012. 288p. Univ. of Nebraska, paperback, $18.95 (9780803239807). REVIEW. First published February 13, 2012 (Booklist Online).
I was so pumped, and jet-lagged because my body is still on Rome time, where I was as of Sunday morning, while my body is in Tacoma, where it's 9 hours earlier, that I was up by 3 am local time. So, feeling it was my lucky day, because not only am I out and about and reading, but I'm doing it in a new, just back from the shop Twelfth and Race t-shirt (Hey, you can order one from me, I've got a whole box, just let me know, $22, includes shipping to your door), that I hit the local casino at 7 am, and won an unspecified amount of money (don't want to disclose too much in case the IRS reads my blog).
So, it's a very lucky Twelfth and Race day indeed, even if I keep getting emails from friends in Oxford, Ohio, telling me to enjoy the sunshine.