2012 Bison Books paperback edition

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Best of 2011

A handful of my very favorite personal highlights of a great year -- 
Professional: Taking NATIVE AMERICAN SON on the road
  • Charlottesville, VA: Speaking at the terrific Ragged Mountain Running Shop during the Virginia Festival of the Book
  • Los Angeles, CA: Appearing on the "Beyond the Icon" panel with Richard Schickel, Yunte Huang and Leslie Brody at the Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book at USC 
  • Oklahoma City, OK: Being keynote speaker at the Jim Thorpe Association's Leadership Luncheon -- and selling LOTS of books
  • New York City: Speaking to the Actors' Fund in the venerable Milton Berle Room of the Friar's Club 
  • Atlantic City, NJ: Speaking at the annual Pop Lloyd Negro League Celebration and having the privilege of meeting several former Negro League players and hearing their wonderful stories
  • Feedback: Hearing, all year, from discerning readers such as Douglas Brinkley, how much they enjoyed NATIVE AMERICAN SON.
  • Awards: Winning the annual research awards from both SABR (baseball) and PFRA (pro football) - the stat guys who know EVERYTHING about their respective sports.
Personal: Friends, Family and Community
  • Deepening old friendships
  • Making many new ones 
  • Being with my son, my daughter, and my two-year-old grandson
  • Living in and loving NYC, Westchester County, NY and Rockbridge County, VA = perfect trio.
On to 2012...