book140.jpgDoug Fine just sent me his new list of events. So far he has events in Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.

I’ll have to hit him up for an interview about his return to the sun.

I haven’t read Not Really an Alaskan Mountain Man yet, but I *might* be around to go to the Capitola event. Haven’t heard of the book? Here’s a snidbit from Doug’s website:

“NOT REALLY AN ALASKAN MOUNTAIN MAN recounts author Doug Fine’s hysterically funny attempts to adjust to rural Alaskan life after growing up in the suburbs of New York. During the harsh winter of 1998, our narrator has to contend with broken down snowmachines, heavy dead whales, frozen pipes, angry moose and disorientation in a bear-packed wilderness. And yet, somehow, he decides all the frostbite and embarrassment are worth it: at least he doesn’t have to face traffic jams.

NOT REALLY AN ALASKAN MOUNTAIN MAN will make you laugh out loud, and at the same time touch you as you realize that beneath Fine’s bumbling there lies a life-affirming philosophy and a love of wilderness beauty. These are things that he won’t lose even if the locals are still chuckling over his first winter’s shenanigans.

January 3: Books and Books, Coral Gables, Florida, 8 p.m. Info:
305-442-4408. (Now we’re talkin’ solar heat.)

January 5: NBC Television Appearance: “South Florida Today,” 10 a.m.
Channel 6.

January 17: Readers’ Oasis, Tucson, Arizona, 1 p.m. Info:

January 29: Barnes and Noble Books, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 12:30 p.m.
Info: 505-522-4499.

January 30: Barnes and Noble Books, El Paso, TX, 2 p.m. Info: (915)

February 3: Manhattan Marymount College, New York, NY, 6 p.m.
Address: 221 East 55th St. Regina Peruggi Room, located on the 2nd
floor in the main building of the college.

February 4: Gallery North in Setauket, Long Island, New York. Info:

February 5: Chester County Book And Music Company, West Chester,
Pennsylvania, 7:30 p.m. Info: 610-696-1661

February 7: Borders Books, Miami, Florida, 7 p.m. Address: 9205 S.
Dixie Highway. Info: 305-665-8800

March 15: Capitola Book Café, Capitola, California, 7:30 p.m. Info:

March 17: University of California Davis, Pacific Regional Humanities
Center, 5 p.m. Speaking at a conference. Conference title: Beyond
Consuming: Food, Wine and Culture of the Pacific Region. My
presentation title: “Journey to Subsistence Fishing: Catching Protein
In The Backyard.” Info:

March 22:National Geographic Society “Quest For Adventure” Lecture
series, Washington, DC. This is a pretty fabulous venue at NGS
headquarters in DC. Tickets are $16 for this one (or $13 for Society
members). NGS Box Office: 202-857-7700,, or

Note: My publisher tells me there will be more mid-March California
dates added soon, probably in both the Northern and Southern kingdoms.
Also, there will likely be Oregon and Washington dates in late March,
and maybe an Austin, Texas event in January. If you’ll be in these
areas or have friends or relatives who will, feel free to email me.

As always, Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man, which I’m delighted to
say is on its second printing, is available at
There, signed copies can reach you or your gift recipients in three

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