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“If This isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What is”

And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ”If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”–Kurt Vonnegut, via Kurt’s Uncle Alex

Golfer's cap - "It is my right to look like Samuel L. Jackson"

That’s how I feel today. There are two reasons. At least two.

The first is that I was in a train in the airport in Denver, riding to my terminal before heading home. An elderly white man who must have been in his mid-70s was there with a young teenage girl who I think was his granddaughter. He had one of those golfer’s caps on. A black one.

He winked at the girl and then started to turn the hat around backwards.

“No!” she gasped. “Don’t! It’s embarrassing!” They went back and forth a couple of times, he turning the hat around, she grabbing for it and sometimes pulling it off his head.

Finally he said, “Enough. Listen to me. It is my right to look like Samuel L. Jackson. That’s the end of it.” I laughed, but that was, in fact, the end of it. She left his hat alone. He left it on backwards.

The other thing is that when I got home, a Fedex envelope was on my porch, in the snow. The envelope had my book contract in it. If you’ve been following the saga, I was offered a book deal on October 20. I took it, deliriously happy. I was told that the process can take a while.

It did. Almost three months to the day before I actually signed something in my childish scrawly way. But it’s done! Take a look:

Josh Hanagarne Gotham Books

My contract with Penguin and Gotham Books - Behold!

And if that isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.


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  • EdK January 17, 2012, 9:59 pm

    When will you be able to discuss the specifics of the book?

  • Todd January 18, 2012, 7:24 am

    My dad refereed to them as ‘go to hell’ hats. I never did get the story behind it though.

    That’s fantastic news on the contract. Of course, now you’re really in it up to your chest. 😉

  • Heather January 19, 2012, 7:17 am

    Dig the letterhead! You should get that tattooed somewhere on your person. OOOOOO! EVEN BETTER! The Penguin Ltd. penguin with a KETTLEBELL next to his happy penguiny feet! Congrats on the contract signing, that’s awesome!

  • EdK January 20, 2012, 10:15 pm

    I was curious about the general content and subject matter. I thought you had written previously you couldn’t discuss specifics about it until the book deal was in place. Maybe I am mistaken.

    • Josh Hanagarne January 21, 2012, 2:21 pm

      Sure. Here’s what I can say. It’s a hardback memoir, probably will be called The World’s Strongest Librarian. It’s going to be between 75k and 100k words. It’s about tourette’s, my mom, strength training, books, libraries, faith, and a whole bunch of other nonsense.

      It’s going to be an unusual book. It’s been a lot of fun to see it come together.