Friday, September 30, 2011

An Evening with Stephen King

I'm very excited...

From the Octavia Books web site (Support your independent book seller!):

An Evening With Stephen King - 11/22/63: A Novel

11/12/2011 6:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30PM, program will start promptly at 7:30PM.  Please arrive early.

Please join us for an exciting evening with Stephen King presenting his new novel, 11/22/63.

We are holding the event at The Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center, 4301 St. Charles Avenue (at Napoleon Avenue).
Free with pre-purchase of 11/22/63 first edition by Stephen King from Octavia Books, redeemable for a copy of the book at the event. We strongly recommend that you pre-purchase now by coming to Octavia Books or calling us at during store hours at 504-899-7323. Tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here. You must pay for your tickets at the time you reserve them.

A total of 250 first editions of 11/22/63 will be signed by Stephen King prior to the event and will be blended in randomly with the copies available to all ticket holders.
WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.
It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry's, like America's in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there's Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
Stephen King, photo by Shane Leonard
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark No StarsBlockade BillyUnder the Dome, Just After Sunset, the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Lisey's Story and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was recently re-released in a tenth anniversary edition. King was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he was inducted as a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America.  He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. 


Below is a picture of one of my book shelves...

Again, I'm very excited.

Paris Trip II

Our Paris trip is getting closer. So close that I am asking my staff, "If you were standing in the middle of Paris, what would you buy?"
Pat - shot glass
Keisa - ash tray
Monica - ankle bracelet

Pat doesn't really drink except once in awhile with her bowling league. Keisa doesn't smoke. Monica, well, Monica is the type to wear an ankle bracelet. I'm so glad I quizzed them. I would have gotten all of them candles from Notre Dame or scarfs.

I was describing to them some of my favorite photos from our last trip to Paris in October 2011. Here are the ones I'm bring to work on Monday.


Notre Dame at Night...

Everyone Planning For The Weather Change - Except Me (at the top of the Eiffel Tower)...

Painting the Painting (at the Louvre)...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Paris Trip

Carlos, Jason, Brandon and I are spending Thanksgiving week in Paris. Carlos and I have been trying to get back there since our last trip there - and to other spots in France - in October 2007.

The four of met this past Saturday to discuss our plans - and then to watch Paris Je T'Aime.

Among other items, we discovered this about the weather via a travel web site:

The November Thermometer

  • Minimum temperature: 5 degrees C (41 degrees F)
  • Maximum temperature: 10 degrees C (50 degrees F)
  • Average temperature: 6 degrees C (42.8 degrees F)
  • Average rainfall: 54 millimeters (2.1 inches)

How to Pack

  • November in Paris is rainy and chilly, with low temperatures approaching freezing. Factor in wind chill and fewer daylight hours and you'll immediately understand why your suitcase should be well-stocked with plenty of sweaters, scarves, coats, and warm socks.
  • An umbrella and/or a waterproof jacket with a hood are a must in this wet season.
  • In terms of footwear, you don't necessarily need boots, but suede shoes or shoes made of any non-waterproof material are to be left at home. If you enjoy sporting heels, remember to bring at least one pair of flat shoes for walking, as the streets and even metro stairs can be slick from the rain.
  • A light pair of gloves will make walking around the city more comfortable.
  • You may also want to think about bringing a small thermos so you can warm yourself with hot coffee or tea while seeing the sights.


My To Pack list now includes a heavy coat, a scarf, gloves and a wool hat.

I'll post more details about our upcoming Paris trip soon.