As an author and as a musical performer, I’ve done gigs in bars, coffeehouses, folk clubs, theaters, churches, synagogues, meeting houses, church halls, college halls, concert halls, book stores, at festivals, and aboard sailing ships. They all can be great places for a gig, but I do like me a good old library! Like so … Continue reading Library Gigs!
What a privilege and a joy to be able to say, Dear Readers! And thank you, Nicole Howard, DIL of my favorite drummer in the world, Jerry Howard, for the canine reader pic that accompanies this post. We are well into the winter holiday season, but before I completely fall victim to the annual temptations … Continue reading Dear Readers!
The Kindness of Book People
Saturday brought back memories aplenty and created new ones that I’ll treasure. Returning to my corner of Philadelphia always does that for me, and being able to visit Philly and talk about a book that is very much about the city’s life is an author’s dream. To do so as a conversation with a journalist … Continue reading The Kindness of Book People
Thank You, Friends AND Strangers!
Last Thursday’s reading at Rockland Library brought some great questions from an audience of friends and strangers. A lovely and welcoming library, the place is special to me because for years I’ve attended meetings of the Rockland Shakespeare Society in the same room where I spoke about MORTAL THINGS. For authors on the less well-known … Continue reading Thank You, Friends AND Strangers!
First pre-publication interview to share!
Enjoyed being this week’s guest on The Brian And Lee Show on WWDB-AM Talk 860. Here’s the link for the podcast of Saturday’s show. https://wwdbam.com/episodes/the-brian-and-lee-show-interview-with-ned-bachus/ Hit Play then slide the little time cursor to 19:30, where the interview begins. Runs to 52:19. Had a great time talking with the father-son hosts about MORTAL THINGS and … Continue reading First pre-publication interview to share!
A Good Read and a Good Dog
About a month ago, Kathleen and I attended an author program featuring author Craig Grossi and his well-traveled canine brother, Fred. The amazing story he shared in his maybe half-hour of comments has stayed with me. Turning points in people's lives always get my attention, and this book chronicles some cosmic ones for this young … Continue reading A Good Read and a Good Dog
Turning Points–Surprising Reads
We read to be surprised. We also read to have our preconceptions reinforced. But openness to new fictional worlds means we allow for the possibility of experiencing a turning point in how we think, how we see. Recently, I finished reading a novel that is described as a "thriller"--not my meat and potatoes as a … Continue reading Turning Points–Surprising Reads
TURNING POINTS—Angels and Ordinary Beings
It’s Sunday afternoon, and from the voice on the other end of the line, I can tell that my hospitalized curmudgeon friend is practically cheery today—even with a big diagnostic procedure looming tomorrow. His wife texts me how thrilled he is to learn that his new hospital roommate used to work for their favorite NFL … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—Angels and Ordinary Beings
TURNING POINTS—And Page Turners
I’ve never met Maine-based novelist Susan Conley, but I feel like I know Jill Archer, the protagonist of Conley’s Landslide. If you came across a character like Jill in one of those beachy reads that summer visitors inhale while ensconced on cozy B&B porches overlooking Penobscot Bay, chances are the reading would not rate up … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—And Page Turners
TURNING POINTS—A Long Way to Walk—In Either Direction
As noted here last week, sometimes the experience of watching a film or reading a book can cause us to think differently about something, to change/learn. Brother Joseph, my American history teacher in junior year of high school, assigned a novel set during the American Revolution to provide background and context for the course. Reading … Continue reading TURNING POINTS—A Long Way to Walk—In Either Direction