The night’s theme: The psychology of religion.
The date: July 11th
The time: 7pm
The address: 828 Broadway
You’re all heartily invited to come join us.
My favorite place to read in the entire world is New York’s literary hangout, the KGB Bar on 85 East 4th Street. I’ll be reading Buddhaland Brooklyn at the KGB Bar from 7pm to 9pm on October 14th. But, in advance, the KGB’s Sunday reading director, Suszanne Dottino, slyly asked my wife, Susan Agar, to interview me for the KGB Bar Lit Magazine.
She’s a smart one, that Suzanne.
Lesson: Never let yourself be publicly interview by your wife. She’ll get stuff out of you that no-one else will get to. Here’s the full interview that just went online today.
Do you know the Largehearted Boy website? Terrifically smart and cool website that cross-promotes literature and music, and, in a 21st century way, reminds me of that BBC classic, Desert Island Discs, on Radio 4 in Britain. (Celebs are asked to come on to talk about what music or books they would have by their side if they were stranded on a desert island.) Largehearted Boy similarly just asked me to add my “book notes.” Check it out here. Was a lot of fun to think of The Hundred-Foot Journey in musical terms.
I’m as excited as if the Beaujolais Nouveau just arrived at the stores, and it’s not just because the stock market recovered a hefty chunk of losses today. The real reason? The U.S. paperback of The Hundred-Foot Journey was officially released today.
In celebration, I am reposting The New York Times‘ “editor’s choice” review that ran last year. To read the piece in its entirety, click here.
And I am also posting a link to the interview I gave NPR’s wonderful, The Diane Rehm Show. Click here and hit the “listen” toggle after the page has loaded.
In Britain, The Hundred-Foot Journey can be had at a terrific bargain price, along with an exclusive essay, through the Mail On Sunday‘s book store, where the book is the UK newspaper’s, Book Of The Month for August. For full details, click here.
And, finally, I warmly welcome any and all to join my facebook page where I routinely post updates and answer questions about The Hundred-Foot Journey and my next novel, Buddhaland, Brooklyn. Please do so by clicking here.
Ex-journalists don’t normally make good interviews, because they know the tricks of the trade and tend to be wary, but it’s amazing how a pro can gently pull details out without me being aware they are doing it. I usually only recognize this after the interview is over. Anita Barraud on ABC National Radio’s The Book Show in Australia is in that category: she did a first-rate job peeling my onion and giving her audience a behind the scenes glimpse into my little book.
To listen to our interview hit the “Download The Audio” link on The Book Show.
One of the better literary festivals around the country is the Virginia Festival Of The Book, organized by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The 17th Virginia book festival is held in elegant Charlottesville and runs from March 16-20. It’s sucking in top-drawer writer-folk, among them: Kathryn Stockett (bestseller, The Help), Kathy Reichs (author of the books behind Bones, the TV series), and Jim Lehrer (anchor of PBS Newshour and prolific novelist.) This is the kind of festival where John Grisham is asked to moderate a panel.
So pretty neat that I have been asked to sit on a panel entitled “The Novel Of Families: Eat, Laugh And Love.” Also on the panel are some very witty and wise women: Kerry Reichs (Leaving Unknown) and Ruth Pennebaker (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakthrough). Should be a whole lot of fun.
Come join us if you can. Or check out the festival at large. Our “Novel Of Families” panel will be held on Friday, March 18th, at 4pm at Barnes & Noble on Emmet Street. Details to be found here.
“Richard C Morais has climbed into the skin of an Indian Muslim chef to write a great yarn through food, using imagery so vivid you can feel and taste it.” That’s the lede from David Gilchrist’s feature-length article and interview in the Courier Mail in Melbourne. For the full article click here.
Earlier this fall I read at the University of Pennsylvania’s The Kelly Writers’ House, where so many literary heavyweights have over the years read from their work. Pretty sweet to be included. Click here for the video of my Kelly Writers House reading. Or if you just want to hear the audio recording, that’s publicly available too, but be forewarned the master of ceremonies wasn’t close enough to the mike, so you probably wont hear anything until 30 seconds or so into the audio tape, when I start talking. Click here for audio only.