I’m signing THD SEVENTH EQUINOX 2-4 p.m. today at Bookworks in downtown Staunton, VA. See you there!
With WKDW’s permission, I’ve archived an .MP3 of this morning’s interview for your listening pleasure.
Tomorrow, sometime between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Eastern, I’ll be the on-air guest of Kris Losh of WKDW AM 900 (Staunton, VA). You can also listen through wkdwam.com or iheartradio.com. I’ll be talking about how the area has inspired my writing and making a suggestion for a holiday gift.
From this morning’s paper:
Now through January 5 — see my display at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, VA, as part of the annual Celebration of Holiday Lights. Constructed by the talented M. Hillary, the theme of my display is “Books Make Great Gifts.” And, of course, you can guess which book I’m suggesting people get.
The Portland Book Review has given four-and-a-half stars to THE SEVENTH EQUINOX, calling the narrative “very original.”
No, it’s not footage of rockets being strapped to THE SEVENTH EQUINOX, just me yakking at its book launch at Stone Soup Books last weekend. I had no idea I talk with my hands so much. Video courtesy of Raw Dog Screaming Press.
I’ve been asked to write a reader’s guide to The Seventh Equinox for library systems and could use your help. The “Things to Think About While Reading” section is supposed to have questions like, “What factors go into our decisions about who to trust?” which is indeed a central theme of the novel. The “Discussion Questions” start with prompts like, “Who is the hero of this story?” If you’re reading the novel and have suggestions, please send them my way. Feel free to reply to this post or email me directly.
Yesterday, I spent nearly six hours engaged in the annual fall ritual here at the Warner home: raking a few hundred cubic feet of leaves to the edge of the road. The City of Staunton will soon come by with its Dr. Seuss vacuum truck to suck it all up. Here are some photos of what they’re up against (click to enlarge):
Last year, I memorialized my hell in this timelapse video of me raking:
This weekend was also spent launching The Seventh Equinox at Stone Soup Books & Cafe in nearby Waynesboro, VA. My publisher attended, and we had a great turnout. After a scrumptious lunch on flatbread, I flapped my gums a bit (calling it my “MTV Behind the Music” presentation) and then signed books. Raw Dog Screaming Press has already put up a photo gallery, which you can view by clicking below:
Raw Dog will soon have a few video clips online as well.
Next on the book tour is a signing at Bookworks, here in Staunton on Beverley Street. I’ll be there from 2-4 p.m. on Pearl Harbor Day, 12/7.
And after that, I’m back to flapping my gums, this time at an open meeting of the Virginia Production Alliance. As they said in this morning’s announcement:
Please join us December 19th for “STORY CRAFT & SCREENWRITING” with Matthew Warner!
So, you want to write an award-winning screenplay and sell it to Spielberg? Don’t we all. You may even have an idea. Fabulous. But do you know how to craft it into a saleable story? How about how to format it properly as an “on spec” screenplay? Join local screenwriter, novelist, and playwright Matthew Warner for a discussion about all these things on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., at the Staunton Library. Just don’t ask him for a referral to an agent. He hates that. But you can butter him up by bringing cash to buy his new novel, The Seventh Equinox, which he’ll have on hand.
Thursday, December 19th from 6-8 pm
Staunton Public Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
1 Churchville Ave, Staunton
FREE and open to the public.
See you there, and happy raking in the meantime.
Join me tomorrow (11/16) at Stone Soup Books for the official launch of THE SEVENTH EQUINOX. Noon: lunch & discussion; 1:30 p.m.: book signing.
Stone Soup Books
908 West Main Street