Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Cover Image Redux

Thanks for all your feedback, dear readers. At first glance, my number one choice was image #3. I liked the classical look. It did, however, remind me of a textbook, so I was a little worried about it. As I said earlier, the press preferred image #2. I've sent an e-mail to the press asking them if they could transfer the typeface and by-line formatting from #3 and transpose it to the darker boarder of #2. The project manager liked the idea and sent it over to the design folks, so if and when I get some new images, I'll post 'em here.

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Just finished Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Yes, I know it's an Oprah selection. I had it in my shelves before it was picked. Anyway, I have to say that I couldn't put it down. I finished it in two days (I had to eat and exercise so I couldn't finish it in a day).

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The first day of the Spring Quarter is now.

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I'll be in San Francisco next week, reading for the USF Emerging Writers' Festival. Most of my events will be on the 12th. My reading's at 7:30PM in the Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall. There's also a panel earlier that day at 12:00PM, also in the Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall.

The full schedule is as follows:

SCHEDULE: EMERGING WRITERS' FESTIVAL, APRIL 11-13 On the campus of the University of San Francisco


Wednesday, 11 April, 7:30 p.m., McLaren 252--Reading by poet Paige
Ackerson-Kiely, novelist Michael Mejia and short story writer Daniel
Alarcon.

Thursday, 12 April, 12 p.m., Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall--Panel
discussion: "Becoming a Writer." All 5 writers are asked to discuss
their path to writing, publishing, etc. Structure is Q & A format.

Thursday, 12 April, 7:30 p.m., Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall--Reading by
poet Oliver de la Paz and short story writer Ann Joslin Williams.



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Concerning the Final Four, I had three of the teams in my bracket (Kansas beat UCLA in my bracket, so I was off by one team). I had G-Town winning the whole thing. Shows you what I know . . . and apologies to Cornshake . . . yes, I had G-Town beating your Luckeyes. I thought they were too young.

8 comments:

32poems said...

Thanks for coming by my blog to say bravo about my book. I had to comment today, because I just read The Road. Like you, I could not put it down. I blogged about it here:
http://blog.32poems.com/520/cormac-mccarthys-the-road/

32poems said...

PS: Would you be so kind as to change my blog link in your blogroll to http://blog.32poems.com?

Thanks!

Oliver de la Paz said...

Of course!

32poems said...

Danka. By the way, I think you picked the right cover. It was #1, I think, that I hoped you would not pick. That font was classic. I liked the other two (the one the press liked and the one you liked) the best. I got a sneak peek of your book at the SIU web site, and I look forward to reading the entire collection.

32poems said...

I meant to say "that font was NOT classic." Sheesh.

Oliver de la Paz said...

Heh, no problem. As for Cormac McCarthy's The Road, I was haunted by the spareness, and then he'd throw in a zinger of a sentence, e.g. "The blackness he woke to on those nights was sightless and impenetrable." At first it seems like a decent description, but then he pairs it with "A blackness to hurt ears with listening." Blam-o. It's such a rhythmic book. McCarthy sticks in long clauses and the couples them with short, terse poetry. I also love the fact that he doesn't explain what had happened, it just happened and that's that.

barbara jane said...

so will you call me when you get into town?

i will make it to your panel - class is done at 630.

up for dinner, and/or how long are you here?

Oliver de la Paz said...

BJ,

Yup. I'll give you a ring. Meredith'll be with me and we may pay a visit to her sister. I'm not sure how it's all breaking down time-wise. USF'll probably be having a dinner for the authors and I'm not sure what the ditch-ability quotient will be.