I don't have anyone like The Colonel to help me promote
SAINT LEMONADE, but I have a list of 26 libraries to
mail flyers to. It's a start, I reckon...
That reminds me, one of these days I'll post my
little book called ELVIS 42. That might have been
the first self-published book I made. I still remember
the horror of going into a bookstore and asking if
they could sell it. Where was The Colonel then??
This is the E from a local hotel sign.
I took this picture last summer when
I was thinking of cover images for
SAINT LEMONADE. Instead,
I kept driving downtown and
stopped along Chestnut Street
to photograph the Herald building.
Still, it's a great E and as you'll see
plays an important role in the book.
I heard from the great artist and
friend Michael Paulus, who made
the cover for SAINT LEMONADE.
I sent him two copies and he replied:
"arrival today in the portland snow drifts.
It is splendid!...will curl up with my
invisible dog and read by the fireplace."
Mike and I met long ago and
have many projects together.
This is a reminder of our fateful
Super-8 movie, CARUSO:
I got a message from the great
Ohio poet and publisher Larry Smith.
(Last week I mailed him a copy of
"We've been passing your book around
in the cold Ohio...we alternate between
watching tv and periods of reading and
work. I'm so pleased with the way the
drawings fit in with the writing...and the
writing is so light and smooth. It really
sings. Good work all around...thanks..."
Larry also included this image from
It was wonderful to finally meet Knute.
He and Edna are looking very well.
I told Knute his memoir is one of my
favorite books and he said, "There
should be more like you." Well, if
more people read it they'll see what
a great poet he is. Also, I'm glad
I was able to give him a copy of
SAINT LEMONADE to read on
their long flight back to Ireland.