Archive | July, 2012

DC Newspapers Like the Bourgeois Book

28 Jul




Welcome to DC

28 Jul

I’m pleased to announce that John and Tracy, owners of the Broad Branch Market in Chevy Chase, DC, are now carrying The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town.  Located at 5608 Broad Branch Road (and Northumberland Street) in Northwest Washington, Broad Branch is a classic neighborhood market.  Check it out, and pick up a copy of the book!

The News Journal Likes the Bourgeois Beach Book

27 Jul

Here’s a link to a fab article about the book in The News Journal, Delaware’s largest daily paper.  I’m flattered, to say the least.  Writer Kim Hoey really gets it.  Of course, she’s a downstate girl!

For most of the 20th century, the du Pont family owned two Delaware newspapers, The Morning News and The Evening Journal. Ownership of both papers was consolidated in 1919 when feuding factions of the family reconciled, forming the News Journal Company.

The du Ponts decided to sell The News Journal Company in 1978. Gannett won the bidding war, beating the Hearst Corporation and The Washington Post Company. Gannett paid $60 million for the two Delaware papers and merged them in 1989 to form one paper, The News Journal.

Takoma Park Book Party

26 Jul

The Bourgeois Book Tour made a stop last night in Takoma Park, Maryland, at a reception and reading hosted by friends and Rehoboth aficionados Liz Cook and Anna Prow. Thanks, ladies, it was a fun and engaged crowd. Plus, we sold a lot of books!

While Takoma Park and Rehoboth Beach might seem worlds away, they were both founded about the same time and for somewhat similar reasons. Rehoboth was founded in 1871 as part of the Methodist movement to get people out of the cities and into nature where they could restore their spiritual and physical health. Takoma Park was founded in 1883, and it was one of the first planned Victorian commuter suburbs. These suburbs sprouted throughout the northeastern United States as railroad and streetcar lines opened up locations for residences distinctly removed from the urban workplace. Increasingly congested and alienating cities spurred families and individuals to migrate to the wholesome countryside.

Both cities today are official tree cities. Both attract a hip and diverse constituency. Both aim to maintain a small-town, cottage feel. Sort of interesting, don’t you think?

Bourgeois Beaux Arts

24 Jul

My friend and photographer Rina Rodriguez was kind enough to take these photos at a swank gathering for 60 old and new friends at the Lobby Salon at the Wyoming in Washington, DC.  A grand and gracious Beaux Arts condo building in the Kalorama neighborhood, it boasts one of the most spectacular marble lobbies in the city and is noted in the National Register of Historic Places.  What better place to celebrate The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town?  Thanks to all who turned out, and especially to Patrick Everett for hosting at the Wyoming.  It was a great venue.

Hitting 600

22 Jul

Book sales hit 600 today!   Not bad for the first 30 days considering the average self-published book sells significantly less than 150 copies  in the book’s lifespan, according to the experts.  Many many thanks to all who purchased a copy and who are helping me create a buzz around the book.  I appreciate it.

Reading and Signing at Browseabout Books

22 Jul

Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild Q&A

20 Jul

Link to a fun question and answer session with Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild President Maribeth Fischer.

Beach Read: 99.1 WNEW

18 Jul

Check out a quickie interview for WNEW’s “Beach Read.”

Welcome Bethany Beach Books!

17 Jul

The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town is now available in Bethany Beach, DE.  Bethany Beach Books is an independently-owned bookstore established in 1991, just steps from the town’s boardwalk.