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Joe Versus Joe

Just me talking to myself again… this time about image and self-promotion.

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Book Launch Part Two: The Reading

Part Two of a speech I gave at the book launch of A Time and a Place, in which I read a bit of the novel.

The launch took place at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction in Toronto.

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Book Launch of A Time and a Place

Part of a speech I gave at the book launch of A Time and a Place, which took place at the Merril Collection of Science Fiction in Toronto.

Publisher’s Weekly on A Time and a Place

Here’s a few words of thanks that I left out of the video in the interest of keeping it short and relatively palatable:

To my family: Lynda, Keira, Erin—Thanks for putting up with me going on about this book forever. It may not seem like it, but I do love you more than my book!

To Chris and company of Bakka books: thank you for being here today and selling my books.

My publisher, Lorina Stephens of Five Rivers Press… thank you for taking me on!

Jeff Minkevics for such a great cover!

My editor, Doctor Robert Runte, a legend in the Canadian SF community, and a great honour to work with.

And his assistant Kathryn Shalley, who believed in this book. Who said she loved it. Before it was edited!

And my first editor, Arleane Ralph. If not for you, I probably wouldn’t be standing here today

Finally, many thanks to the staff of the Merril Collection for allowing me to launch A Time and a Place in this fantastic venue. What an honour.

Thank you Sephora Hosein, my friend Annette Mocek, and the rest of the fabulous librarians here.

Changes

Assorted Nonsense Episode X: Changes

A Time and a Place, in wide release Oct 1st, 2017:
Publisher’s Weekly Review of A Time and a Place

Larry McMurtry and the Great Book

Larry McMurtry -- Writer of Great Novels

Larry McMurtry — Writer of Great Novels

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Here’s something I find kind of sad.

I just finished reading a memoir by Larry McMurtry called “Books.” Although McMurtry is an Academy Award winning screenwriter (Brokeback Mountain, with Diana Ossana), the author of 28 novels (including Terms of Endearment and Lonesome Dove), he is also the owner and operator of a used bookstore, and has been for about thirty years.

“Books” is about this alternative career.

That’s not what I find sad.

What I find sad is McMurtry’s admission that he never wrote a “great” novel. Here’s what he has to say about his novels:

“Most were good, three or four were indifferent to bad, and two or three were really good. None, to my regret, were great, although my long Western Lonesome Dove was very popular… popularity, of course, is not the same as greatness.”

Lonesome Dove is one of my favourite novels. Maybe McMurtry is right… it’s not great. It’s sublime. If my novel were even one thousandth as good as Lonesome Dove I would be ecstatic.

PrincipiaI don’t think that McMurtry is being modest. He’s been surrounded by books for so long that he has too many to compare his to. He’s comparing his books to the likes of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. It’s apples and oranges. Principia is great for one reason, and Lonesome Dove is great for another.

It may be that the quality of your work is inversely proportional to how good you think it is.

I think my novel is coming along quite well.

Oh.

Damn.

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