Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More dogs sentenced to death in Ohio

I hate the heading for this post, because it seems somewhat hysterical. But I couldn't think of a less sensational, more accurate description. Another town is giving their citizens until the Day of the Dead to get rid of their "Pit Bull Type" dogs. You can read about it here. In the article, Cincinnatti Council Person Chris Monzel is all excited about the prospect of euthanizing dogs in his own city, because, after all, its the only way to keep people safe. Monzel is, of course, running for re-election.

I regret that I don't have plans to visit Ohio on my tour, to visit with the responsible dog owners who have to put their pets to sleep...or move. Oddly enough, Ohio is the location of Thurber House. James Thurber, owned, loved, and wrote about his pet pit bull.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bestseller lists and reprints


A reader in San Francisco, originally uploaded by kfoz.

DOGS I HAVE MET is #1 at the Booksmith in San Francisco for the second week in a row. It's also #1 at Quimby's in Chicago. It has been popping in and out of the top 50 on Powells.com, and it is their #2 book in the pet category. Of course, its hard to know what any of that really means.

Meanwhile, DOGS I HAVE MET is in a second printing--and THE DOGS WHO FOUND ME just passed quickly through a 12th printing and into a 13th.

Signed copies now available at Powells.com

Those clever people at Powell's have put some signed copies online for anyone who needs one. These are listed with a different item number from their sale copies and the plain, full-priced unsigned copies. For the signed copies, click on this link.

And, of course, you can reread my Ink Q & A, or read my Powells.com blog posts from last year, which evolved into a section of the new book.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Storming the Northeast this week


Once again, Mr. Brando Foster, originally uploaded by kfoz.

I'll be all over the Northeast this week, before completely collapsing and being institutionalized along with my dogs, who are not at all pleased by this schedule. So, if you are out there and like dogs, or even if you just like me, please come to the following events:

Thursday October 25 at Astor Place Barnes and Noble, 7pm

Friday October 26 at Paramus Barnes and Noble, 7pm

Saturday October 27 at Two Smiling Dogs, Hamden, CT noon-2:00pm

Saturday October 27 at Books in the Square, Providence, 7pm with Traer Scott

Sunday October 28th at Kiehls, 122 Newbury Street, Boston, 1-3pm with Traer Scott

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Greeting customers at Kiehl's in Chicago

Here is Queen Bea, who sat with me at Kiehl's on Saturday while I signed books at a fundraiser for New Leash on Life. It was part of my midwestern tour, which also included stops at the Wisconsin Library Association in Green Bay, a reading at Reader's Loft, two events with CARE in Evanston on Friday and then the Kiehl's event Saturday followed by a reading at Quimby's and a stop at the ARFHouse fundraiser. There are many more photos to come.

What was difficult was the flying. My flight from Green Bay to Chicago was cancelled, so I had to rebook, flying from Green Bay to Minneapolis to catch a flight to Chicago. That flight was also cancelled. Then I ended up back on an American flight, which is where I had started. But since I got a ticket quickly while 42 others were on standby, there was some controversy at the gate. Also, in the midst of all this, I was selected for a special screening and search process. On the way home today, the train was delayed on hour on the way to the airport, the airport departure screens had mysteriously deleted all New Orleans flights and by the time I figured things out I was a few minutes too late to check my bags, which meant I had to give up my Kiehl's products, because they were larger than 3 ounces. And then the flight was delayed because the crew couldn't get to the airport on time. They were in the train behind mine.

Fortunately, I got to smooch with Bea and a few other great dogs. And raise some money to take care of them. Otherwise, the travel delays would have really driven me over the edige.