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I believe that book events should be fun. As a former stand-up and improv comedian, you just never know quite what to expect when I show up to a bookstore. (See the clip above for a reading from The Sharper Your Knife tour at the old Elliott Bay Book Co. in Seattle.) No two events are ever exactly the same. So if I’m coming to your area, I hope that you’ll be able to join me. There will be music (I may even sing), plus food and drink, door prizes and even balloon animals. Descriptions that are in the third person are from the hosting group. I’m quirky, but not crazy enough to refer to myself in third person.
Saturday, May 14th, 1 p.m.
Join me for a brief knife lesson and a lively discussion about my third book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, a Michigan Notable Book. We’ll have dog balloons, some treats and door prizes for this kid-friendly event. Click here for store information and location.
Six-week course, May 24th to June 28th, Richard Hugo House
Food memoirs blend individual narrative and the influence of food from a cultural or personal perspective. In this course, we’ll cover key fundamentals of the genre along with aspects that make culinary memoirs special, including exercises on writing about food in sensual detail along with storytelling essentials such as conflict and characters. Aimed at students of all levels interested in essay- or book-length projects. Come with a story in mind. Limited to 15 people.
Hugo House is temporarily moving! May 19 is the last date Hugo House will hold classes at its current location. This class will be held at Hugo House First Hill: 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104. Sign up via the Hugo House site.
Six-week course, July 10-August 24th, Richard Hugo House
Ever since the explosive success of In Cold Blood, the style of nonfiction that reads like fiction continues to evolve. For anyone who has a compelling story in mind, you’ll learn what editors and agents look for in a narrative nonfiction proposal and how to wrestle a concept for a book into a clear story. The instructor’s first book proposal went to auction with ten New York publishing houses and became a New York Times best-seller. She’s since sold additional nonfiction narratives, all based on proposals. Limited to 15 students. Sign up via Hugo House online.
July 28th-30th, Sacramento, CA
I’ll be attending (and possibly leading a session TBD), and recording stories for a new food-based podcast. Details here.
November 25th-December 3rd, Tecate, Mexico
I’ll be the visiting guest chef at this special resort about 90 miles from San Diego. Rancho La Puerta has been named the No. 1 Destination Spa by Conde Nast Traveler for the past several years. It is an all-inclusive resort that includes morning hikes, exercise classes, evening lectures and much more, all with a focus on wellness and healthy living. You also get three squares of excellent, healthy cuisine by executive chef Denise Roa. My guest chef duties include teaching two cooking classes during the week and working with the kitchen on Sunday evening’s dinner. Private cooking classes can also be arranged for groups. Bonus! If you’re a first-time visitor, you can get up to a $250 discount when I refer you via the Ranch Circle Program. Visit Rancho La Puerta’s web site for details, and email if for info on how to get your discount.
Want to host an event? Drop me an email.