Friday, November 16, 2007

Publishers Weekly on "Dogs I Have Met": "moving and poignant"

People who follow this blog know that everything has been a bit out of sync with the publication of my latest book, from books in the stores a month early to publicity arriving a month late. I won't even mention the missing print ads. In any case, a kind publishing executive, completely unassociated with my book, just emailed me this Publishers Weekly review, which appears in their online edition for next week:

Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found

Ken Foster. Lyons, $14.95 paper (192p) ISBN 9781599211299

In this moving sequel to his 2006 bestseller The Dogs Who Found Me,
Foster introduces readers to dogs and owners he encountered while
promoting his earlier book. In many cases, the dogs had been rescued
from death by people who had “decided that they were worth the work of
saving,” and Foster interweaves their remarkable stories with updates
on his own life and the dogs who continue to change his life in
surprising ways. The stories are as diverse as the dogs themselves,
from a woman who found a pregnant, one-eyed stray in the exact spot
where she had been involved in a car crash six years earlier that
killed her best friend, to a man certain that his adoption of a pit
bull saved him from Hurricane Katrina. Foster concludes with a more
detailed look at the animals affected by Katrina’s devastation,
including a moving tribute to the volunteers who helped give shelter to
the dogs of New Orleans. Dog lovers will welcome this new collection of
moving and poignant canine stories. (Oct.)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Signed copies for the holidays

Apparently Powells.com still has signed copies available--signed copies of Dogs I Have Met cracked their top fifty this morning. Meanwhile, Pit Bull Rescue Central will be selling signed copies of both books for a holiday fundraiser, which will net several grand for pit bull care. On Dec. 6th, I'll be signing copies at Canine Culture in New Orleans as part of a wine-tasting benefit for the LA-SPCA. (And I'll be posting more New Orleans area events in the coming weeks.)

Meanwhile, I'll be speaking on a panel this Friday evening at the St. Louis Film Festival following a screening of the documentary "An American Opera".

Unfortunately, I've had a reschedule my Iowa City appearance at Prairie Lights--I'll be back that way sometime in the New Year.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A return to the KGB Bar

Well, virtually. Suzanne Dottino, the current curator of the KGB Bar Sunday evening readings, threw some questions to me via email. The resulting interview is available at the KGB Bar website, along with the English language version of the essay I wrote for Neue Rundschau.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

New Fiction: Life in the Wake: Fiction from Post-Katrina New Orleans

I spent most of yesterday at the NOLA Bookfair, which was held all along Frenchmen Street. I did a morning signing with Sula, who was in high spirits, hugging strangers and kissing other dogs as they passed. Sula was doing that, not me. Then I returned in the afternoon with Zephyr, who was reunited with her old dogsitter from Florida, Tom Kay. I also got my first look at Life in the Wake, a new anthology from NOLAFugees. It features one of my new short stories, "Thinking Outside of the Box," as well as new fiction from a bunch of other New Orleanians, such as Anne Gisleson, Berman Black, Ed Skoog, Patty Friedmann, and more. My story deals with some relief workers who arrive with a not-so-genuine agenda.