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Gone Too Long; Gone Again Soon

Forgive me for having ignored the old Horsehair Couch since April. Like you, I've been busy.

Over the last couple of weeks I've (A) finished my new novel and delivered the manuscript to my editor, and (B) begun work on another. Like rust, I never sleep.

But it's all going to get put on hold for a little while, because for the next week I'll be leaving our beloved Green Mountain State for a swing down into Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

Sunday afternoon I'll be at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE. I'll be hanging out and signing books at 1:00, and then at 3:30 I'll be visiting with Browseabout's book club. That part of the festivities will include a reading and Q&A, both of which I always dig the most.

Monday evening there's a reading and Q&A at the Oxford Public Library in Oxford, PA. And get this: If you call 610-932-9625 in advance, you can sign up for a complimentary dinner at 6:30. (Rumor has it that the event will include some live traditional fiddle music, too.)

On Wednesday I'll be in Philadelphia to receive the Athenaeum Literary Award.

And last but far from least, on Thursday night the Secret Book Club of Dumfries, VA—winners of the Finn Book Club Menu Contest—will be cooking up their Finn-inspired menu and enduring my presence at their meeting. I'll be presenting a classroom set of Finn to a representative of the Prince Edward School District, too.

Good times.

See you when I get back—or somewhere along the way...