“You Think That’s Bad” is Almost Here!

Hello Jim Shepard fans!  Apologies on my end for not being as diligent as I should be about blogging, but now I will be back with renewed enthusiasm because Jim’s book “You Think That’s Bad” will be released on March 22!  (Which is also, coincidentally, my 30th birthday,  so I am convinced that this will be a lucky year for me!)

So, in the meantime, go ahead and pre-order the book at Amazon or Powell’s or another bookstore of your choice, and check back here for more updates.

Also, please note that Jim Shepard will be doing a book tour this spring to promote his new collection.  And I can’t stress enough that along with being a great writer,  Jim Shepard is one of the FINEST readers alive today, and the chance to meet him in person is an experience not to be missed.  If you don’t believe me, check out some of the videos I’ve posted on this blog and see for yourself.  I’ll be publicizing his upcoming trips as much as possible, so please come and bring your friends, and prepare for a wonderful evening.

Your comments about his work, your experience of his work, etc. are always welcome and I will be happy to post them to this blog.  Thank you for visiting and please keep in touch.

Welcome to Shepard Town

The Rumpus has selected Jim Shepard’s upcoming collection, “You Think That’s Bad” as it February Rumpus Book Club Selection!

Here is the full post:

Coming Soon: February.   And not just February, but the February Rumpus Book Club selection, You Think That’s Bad, the new collection of short stories by Jim Shepard, which The Rumpus Book Club members will receive more than a month before the book is available for purchase.

You can join the book club here. We’re only going to be able to accept a limited number of new subscribers this month.

We’re really excited about this. So excited we might just rename The Rumpus “Shepard Town.” As in, Welcome to Shepard Town.

Click here to join the Rumpus Bookclub.

Jim Shepard reads TODAY at Arizona State University

(From ASU’s website)

Nov. 4, 2010
1:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m.

Jim Shepard, a novelist and short-story writer who is known for his darkly humorous tales and work that explores the pain of male adolescence, will discuss his work during a Public Craft Q&A at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 4 at the Piper Writers House on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.

Shepard then will read and sign books at 7:45 p.m., also on Nov. 4, in Recital Hall in the Music Building on the Tempe campus. Both events are free.

Ghosts and Curses Event at Mass MOCA, Oct. 30

This sounds like a fun evening!

Chosen by New York Magazine, The Village Voice and NY Press as the best reading series in NYC, and singled out by the New York Times Magazine for helping to “keep downtown, NY alive,” The Happy Ending Series features a unique format. Readers are required to take one public risk. The musicians who play short sets interspersed with the reading, are required to play one cover song and try to get the audience to sing along. MASS MoCA transports this recipe for mischief north for a special Halloween edition featuring indie singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding, and local author Jim Shepard.

Here are the details:

Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8:00 pm
Club B-10
$12 in advance / $16 day of / $10 students / 10% members discount

MASS MoCA
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.