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That Christmas tree mustache above is just to remind you that Christmas is, indeed, coming. That means, if you're any kind of smart, staying home as much as possible and avoiding winter weather. And that means reading, and that means buying new books!

See how I managed to work that in there?

Still, books do make great gifts: They need no batteries, unless the power goes out and you need to read by flashlight; they're both reusable and regift-able (but, you know, read them first); they can be used to fix uneven furniture; and in hardcover they're surprisingly effective against burglars.

Plus, we've got ten of them, in enough genres to satisfy any reader in your house, except for the ones who love cyber-punk.

The only drawback is that, if you order something on e-book ... well, you're back to batteries.
"Can I come to your next author appearance?"
Sadly, Beowulf the dog will not be at our next author appearance, as it's inside and he might attack the reindeer. (Although I don't think Santa will be in the same building as us.)

Still, a good time should be had by all, because we're going to be there along with a bunch of vendors selling a bunch of stuff, just in time for Christmas shopping. It's called the S.T.A.R. Bazaar, and it's part of Albion's Christmas In the Village that happens this year on Friday, December 6.

To answer your first question: S.T.A.R. stands for Super Town of Albion Revitalization Team, a group of citizens who's organized to promote the town of Albion, Indiana. Not that there's anything wrong with the other two dozen Albion's in America, but you gotta start somewhere.
How bazaar!
There's going to be a parade, tree lighting, carols, prizes, refreshments, and a jolly big guy in a red outfit lined with what I hope is fake fur. Our portion of it is the Bazaar, which is going to be right at the center: Grace Christian Church, on the corner of Albion's two main streets by our only stoplight. (Right across from our friends at the Noble Art Gallery--stop and see them, too.)

So we'll be one of many vendors from 5-8 p.m., with all of our books. We're hoping that will include our newest one, Still Slightly Off the Mark, but it's going to be a race to the finish to see if we'll have a print order in time. If not, we hope to at least have a proof copy of the book and a pre-order list.

Oh, and here's this incentive: If well sell $100 worth of books during the meeting, I will dance. Badly. I'll then post that dance on social media, where no doubt it will trigger panicked calls to the authorities. (I'm not very good.) I am, as always, willing to take the embarrassment if it will sell books.

Hope to see you there!
As far as the new book is concerned, I finished going through Emily's edits, and we have just another couple of steps before we can get a look at a proof copy. It's a collection of reworked newspaper columns from twenty years ago, and yes--the modern me does indeed make fun of the past me.

The current working title: More Slightly Off the Mark: Why I Hate Cats, and Other Lies.
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