Left Coast Voices

"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Virtual Book Tour Concludes

This week was the final week of my book tour. Being virtual, I can’t blame the flu I have on the airports and climate changes. Still, in a week when I was sleeping and sniffling, some of these reviews were more beneficial than chicken soup.

12 years of medical training to learn how to make matzoh ball soup.

Reviews by Molly was very generous and presented on a very aesthetic blog.

Book Vacation gave a very complimentary review. Anyone who writes my name in the same article as John Grisham is a BFF candidate for me. I particularly appreciate her review because she had an issue with the explicit sex scenes. I know this is a problem for many people and am glad when they can pass over and continue with the story.

Finally, a live radio interview at Alchemy of Scrawl (I love that name!).

Alchemy of Scrawl

It was a great ride. A big thank you to Lloyd Lofthouse, my publisher for setting this up and to Teddy Rose at Virtual Book Tours, who provided a lot of support throughout the month.

Virtual book tours are a new phenomenon and part of creating a broad and sticky (yes that is a term) presence on the Internet. It is too early to tell how effective the tour was in the long term, but I have little doubts that this is the way of the future. Still it is no replacement for face-to-face conversations at readings, and fairs.

At the NCIBA Trade Show 2010

Speaking of which, I will be at the CWC Fremont Holidays Book Fair on Saturday (12/10) and Sunday (12/11) between 1-4pm. It will be held in the Meeting Room, Union City Public Library 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA.

Do pop in and introduce yourself if you are in the Fremont Area.

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/ and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

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