THE Book Tour (Part I)


















Well, the great Northwest Pacific book tour of 2018 is now officially in the record books.  A 5-city, 24-day, 31-appearance extravaganza officially ended when I landed in Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 6:05 am this morning from my red eye flight from Portland, OR.

The trip was a success on so many levels—presentations made, blog subscriptions obtained, books sold.  But the greatest success for me was the people I met, and the stories they shared with me.  I will be relating them for some time to come in subsequent blogs (hence the denomination of this blog as merely the first of many).

At the very least, I owe a great debt of gratitude to those many people who took me into their homes and helped transform what could have been an interminable slog into an invaluable opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.  They include the Marriott Corporation (just kidding), Cynthia St. Clair and Philip Humphries of Bellingham, WA; Peter Hapke and Marci Lombardi of Seattle, WA; Siri and Max Fenson of Santa Rosa, CA; Kathryn O’Neal and Michael McKaig of Oakland, CA; and Susan Navrotsky of Portland, OR.  Some of these were lifelong friends, some fellow attorneys or former clients; in one case a couple I had never met before. But in all cases they were unfailingly gracious in opening their homes to me as I flitted from appearance to appearance.  I also need to include in this list my Seattle “handler” Ginny Bear, who worked unstintingly on my behalf, and lined up more venues for me than anyone else.

In the coming days I will address these encounters, large and small, in big museums and small retirement homes, that made my book tour such an incredibly enjoyable, enlightening and humbling experience.  Stay tuned.

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  • September 15, 2019: Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies, Oslo, Norway
  • September 25-28, 2019: Norsk Hostfest, Minot, ND
  • October 14: Sage Academy for Lifelong Learning, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
  • October 14, 2019: Charlestown Sr. Living, Catonsville, MD
  • October 15, 2019: American Scandinavian Foundation, New York, NY
  • October 17, 2019: 55-Plus Club, Princeton, NJ
  • October 17, 2019: Heritage Point, Barnegat, NJ
  • October 17, 2019: Westlake Golf and Country Club, Jackson, NJ
  • October 18, 2019: Somerset Run, Somerset, NJ
  • October 18, 2019: VASA/Lodge Linne, New Providence, NJ
  • October 19, 2019: Stonebridge at Montgomery, Skillman, NJ
  • November 1, 2019: Osher Lifelong Learning, Furman University, Greenville, SC
  • November 14, 2019: Maven’s Club/Temple Emanuel, Winston-Salem, NC
  • January 23, 2020: Shalom Club/Carolina Preserve, Cary, NC
  • January 31, 2020: Osher Life Long Learning, Furman University, Greenville, SC
  • April 26, 2020: Temple Sinai, Chicago, IL

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