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.


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).


The first day of the Spring Quarter is now.


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

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.


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.


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:

32poems said...

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


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...


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.