Just back from the closest thing I'll ever have to a "book tour" for Accordion Dreams: ten wonderful days in Louisiana. Traveling with my fiddler husband. The book events always included Cajun-Creole music. A couple of bookstore events, another big presentation at LSU. An interview on a local pubic radio station, by a Cajun woman musician who was as penetrating as Terry Gross.
Two reviews in daily newspapers (my first ones!) Already posted about the first one, in the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The second, equally nice, was in the daily paper in Lafayette: http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20090412/LIFESTYLE/904120344 The New Orleans review led to an invitation to come participate in my very first book festival: The Louisiana Book Festival in October.
Great times, great music, wonderful people. This may be a "niche market"--but hey, it's my niche and it's a wonderful one! I think I should just declare myself a southern writer, by way of California and the midwest :-)
It's hard to sort it all out. I'll post more details later.
Causes Blair Kilpatrick Supports
Louisiana Folk Roots, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Habitat for Humanity/Musician's Village New Orleans, Doctors Without Borders