Brown Paper Press Launches Two New Titles

After a year and a half, Brown Paper Press is finally starting to feel like more than just a "nice hobby." We're launching two great books (yes, I'm biased, but it's also totally true) Feb. 23. I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper by Tim Grobaty and Burdens by Water: An Unintended Memoir by Alan Rifkin are both on pre-sale for $16.99 at Amazon. 

If you happen to live in the Los Angeles area, please also consider yourself personally invited to our launch party. Really hope to see you there. 

NewsHour Picks Up Holiday Cheat Sheet

My Holiday Cheatsheet for Nonreligious Parents is gaining a wider audience, having been picked up recently by the PBS NewsHour website. (Have I mentioned how much I love working with those guys?!) First, they ran my piece on Ash Wednesday and Lent. Then, this week, they ran my piece on Purim. You may have noticed they are a bit more conservative in their word usage; whereas it was originally called: "Quick! What the Hell is Purim?," The NewsHour changed it to "Quick! What the Heck is Purim?" Oh, PBS. You are so PG. But who's complaining?

That Time I Wasn't Hung Up On By a Radio Host

The first time I was interviewed for a radio station was 15 years ago. The BBC called me to talk about a political convention I had been covering. I was so nervous and exhausted from a long day. And they threw a question at me that I wasn't prepared to answer. I don't remember what I said, but I was apparently just terrible because the host thanked me for my time about seven seconds into the interview and then hung up on me. Nothing more humbling than being hung up on by the BBC, people. Anyway, this morning, I was interviewed again — this time on the Barry Morgan Show, which airs on a Montreal radio station called CJAD. We talked for, like, five whole minutes about girls and science. They plugged the book twice, unprompted. AND they didn't hang up on me even one time. Care to listen? Click here.