Tomorrow morning my wife takes off to spend Freshman Parent's Weekend with #1. I'll be spending the next few days doing all the chauffeuring for the other three kids -- to school, doctor appointments, soccer games, ice skating lessons, birthday parties, and more. Saturday night, I'll see if #4 and I can make it to Kepler's to see Dave Keane, the author of the wonderful Joe Sherlock mysteries that he likes so much.
Things really start cooking next week. After taking #4 trick-or-treating on Wednesday, I'm going to hit the sack, wake up at the crack of dawn, and wing to San Antonio to discuss Dot Dead at the Barshop Jewish Community Center Thursday evening. The next week I'm flying to Ft. Myers, Florida as a lunchtime speaker at the JCC of Lee and Charlotte Counties. I get back in time for Sabbath Salon at my own synagogue where Rabbi Larry Raphael, editor of Criminal Kabbalah and Mystery Midrash, and I will have a discussion on Jewish mysteries moderated by the omniscient Ellen Bob, co-proprietor of the Bob & Bob bookstore. If you see a theme here, it's no coincidence -- November is Jewish Book Month. The Jewish Book Council helps coordinate writers' visits to Jewish book fairs and synagogues hither and yon. I went back to NYC to audition last June. Rochelle Krich recommended I look into this. (Thank you, Rochelle!)
Also next month, on three successive Sundays starting at noon, I'll be signing at local book emporiums -- November 4 at Kepler's, November 11 at Borders in downtown Palo Alto, and November 18 at Borders at Santana Row in San Jose.
After that my brother's family is arriving for Thanksgiving and no sooner will I have digested the turkey than I am off to see #1 myself and attend an engagement party for my godson.
November should be fun!