10/9/16 “City of Angels, Dave Eggers, and Welcome Autumn”

Los Angeles is not my city. Still, I made the most of it this past week while I was stuck there Monday through Friday for business. Despite being a concrete jungle in the middle of a desert, there is some really cool literary history in this city. Check out this map from the L.A. Times to explore it yourself.

The Last Book Store (on earth!? I hope not…)

Downtown L.A. is full of good food and bookish things. I found myself catching up on reading in the evenings over delicious meals like the Cauliflower Salad and Warm Brie I had at Industriel (The Jalepeño Bourbon ‘I Am Groot’ complimented it perfectly). It was the perfect atmosphere for sitting down with a good book, but I seriously missed fresh air and greenery.

A writer's meal - cauliflower salad, warm brie, and bourbon

The Central Library and Caravan Book Store are both gems, but I found myself in awe of The Last Book Store L.A. This place is a used book store, a record shop, and a high-end rare and collectible art book dealer. I actually stumbled across a signed first edition of Dave Eggers’ You Shall Know Our Velocity (what!?). 

First Edition Dave Eggers You Shall Know Our Velocity Book Cover

First Edition Dave Eggers You Shall Know Our Velocity Signed Book

The Crossing Updates

If you like signed editions, consider pre-ordering The Crossing before it officially goes on sale next week. You’ll get a signed first edition of the book, a DRM-free ebook, and the PDF version. I’m no Dave Eggers, but still… 🙂

It only costs $10 right now, and when it officially goes on sale next week, the price will jump up to $15 for the printed copy.

Autumn Fun

I got home from L.A. about 8am Saturday morning. It was a relief to feel chilly air and see green leaves turning red and orange. I got a little shut eye before heading out to the Harford County Public Library annual fall book sale with my wife, Emily. Just what I need… more books. I’m running out of shelf space!

Today we took advantage of the weather and went apple picking at Lohr’s Orchard in Churchville, MD. It was super windy, but we brought home lots of goodies like fresh cider and apple donuts. 🙂

Michael Doane and his wife Emily Oliverio at Lohr's Orchard

Tonight we’ll be watching Halloween Wars and maybe a scary movie. This is by far our favorite time of year.

What’s New With You?

So… I have two questions for you:

1. What’s the rarest, most interesting book you own or have come across?

2. What are you doing to stay spooky this autumn?

Leave a comment below or find me on your favorite social media channel and let me know!