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I’ve stepped away from Literary Conceits today to take a seat on the dais over at Book Roast, where they’re giving me a Sinatra-esque basting, but without tuxedos or the drinks. So bring your own.

The rules are simple: I’ve selected a short excerpt from the book (and given that two of the books featured this week were The Debs and Tan Lines, I decided to go with a bit of Irvingesque romance), which you will read, and then answer three questions, provided by my host and roastmaster Stephen Parrish.

I’ll be punching in from time to time to see what you’ve got to say, and to take an occassional poke back. And if I think you’re the funniest, cleverest, or smartest person in Puppetland, you’ll win an inscribed copy of Washington Irving: An American Original. I have a copy here on my desk, all ready to go, and I reeeeeally hope the winner’s name is Mike Tibbits, because that’s the name that’s already inscribed in the front of the book.*

What are you waiting for? Click here to join in on the fun.

A special thanks to Stephen Parrish for serving as my host and roastmaster. Stephen’s a good chap, not to mention a funny guy, so I won’t mention it. Stephen’s top-notch blog is right here.

* No, not really. It’s a brand new book, I promise.

Shameless Plug Alert!

August is passing by so quickly I forgot to mention that I’ll be one of the five authors featured during next week’s Book Roast. (Is it really the last week of the month already?) I’m the only non-fiction writer on the skewer for the week, so drop by and give me a grilling that would make Joel and the ‘Bots proud. It’s all in fun, so have a good time. I promise to take it all in stride.

And while you’re there, think about supporting the Reach Out and Read program, to help promote early literacy.

Coming Attractions

Be sure to tune in this weekend to League of Reluctant Adults, where Agent J (SuperAgent Jonathan Lyons) will be making a guest appearance. Jonathan will answer your questions, dish the dirt, and try really hard not to get annoyed when you ask him how the Spurs managed to choke it so badly in the NBA playoffs this year.

More fun begins on Monday over at Book Roast, where a virtual salmagundi stew of books of varying genres will be discussed, fawned over, and mocked in a sorta kinda MST3K-style. In the non-fiction category, Dennis Cass’ Head Case and Doreen Onion’s fun Queen of the Road are on the spits for the first week. Race ya over there.

Finally, on Monday, I’ll be guest-blogging over at Historic Hudson Valley’s always-interesting HVBlog, where I’m helping celebrate an anniversary, of sorts. See you then.

Have a good weekend. Happy Summer!