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Baton Rouge, Library Party, Iron Eagle IV!

Hi all, I spoke today in Baton Rouge as part of the Louisiana Book Festival. It went off splendidly, if I do say so myself. I can’t believe what a huge event this is and how many little things had to go right for them to pull it off.

Last night I went to a party for all of the participating authors (over one hundred, I believe). It was held in the state library. There was a live band, a ton of booze, and of course…Louis Gossett Jr.


Also pictured is Emilie Staat, a pal from the tango world. She interviewed me this morning and was the main reason that it went so well. We went to a CVS last night hunting for contact lens solution and wound up in the middle of an insane caper. But that’s a tale for another day.

I promised myself that I wouldn’t tell Mr. Gossett Jr.  that I loved Iron Eagle IV. Or Roots. Or An Officer And A Gentleman. Then I forgot and told him how much I loved Iron Eagle IV and Roots.

But I also told him that everything I’ve ever read or heard about him has been about what a good person he is, and that was totally reinforced last night.

He was very gracious with everyone. However, his IMDB entry lists him as 6’4″ I’m 6’7″, or so I thought. Apparently I’m at least 7’4″.

Also, I did some hard-hitting legislating while speaking in the Capitol building.


Ready to go home. Been on the road for too long. Is anyone reading anything good? I’m almost done with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and am going to be sad when it’s over.

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  • Michael LaRocca November 2, 2013, 4:00 pm

    The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is brilliant. Get it.

  • Steven DS November 3, 2013, 7:08 am

    I’m also reading The Goldfinch right now. I’ve read about one third so far and the fact that I couldn’t stop reading until 4AM this morning says something. Only the rare gems that I can’t put away still do that for me.

  • Heather Spillman November 3, 2013, 8:42 am

    Hi Josh. I’m Barrow’s mom. I just wanted to say it was an honor to meet you yesterday at the Book Festival. Your energy, intelligence and heart are obvious and inspiring to us all. Barrow loved meeting you. He loves books and Stephen King and has wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. I truly hope your paths cross again someday. Maybe at the Salt Lake City Library!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 3, 2013, 7:46 pm

      I loved Barrow. That was absolutely the best part of my trip, and please let him know if you read this. I’m his biggest fan.

  • Michael Golrick November 3, 2013, 6:15 pm

    It was great to see you, glad to have had a few minutes to hear a part of your talk. Wish I could have spent more time with you. It was a busy time for us who work at the State Library.

    If you aren’t going public on your CVS adventure, I am all ears!

    Thanks for coming to the Louisiana Book Festival, you helped make my day.

  • Josh A. November 3, 2013, 7:23 pm

    Great to hear you had fun. Right now I’ve started a book called For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. It’s not something everyone knows about bc it’s often overshadowed by A Farewell to Arms or his other more well known works… Check it out!

  • Jack M November 4, 2013, 7:18 am

    Just finished The Goldfinch. The ending does not disappoint. Donna Tartt just nailed this one.

  • spencer November 4, 2013, 10:09 am

    Just finished “Welcome to the Monkey House.” If you haven’t read it in a while, some of the best Vonnegut around. I am currently reading “The Humans” by Matt Haig (so far, an interesting voice and innovative concept) and “I Wear the Black Hat” by Chuck Klosterman (not exactly “Eating the Dinosaur,” but very, very insightful and a compelling read). And “The Goldfinch,” which I am savoring like a last and gourmet meal.

    • Josh Hanagarne November 4, 2013, 10:34 am

      I’ve slowed my Goldfinch reading down to a crawl. I can’t stand the thought of finishing it and having another 10 years to wait for the next one.

      • spencer November 4, 2013, 10:56 am

        Exactly! I waited almost a week to even start reading it in anticipation of just such a feeling. People can’t understand why I am actively reading several other books at the same time when I was so excited about this one. It’s because if I stop reading everything else and just read this one, then this one will be over in about a week, and then where will I be? I am savoring it.

        • Jack M November 4, 2013, 12:20 pm

          I had to keep reading to find out what happens at the end. The last hundred pages are really a tour de force. What a gifted writer she is!

  • Michael Golrick November 4, 2013, 12:33 pm

    I have to tell you! I was helping to pull the Festival evaluation forms from the boxes, and put them in a pile for analysis (by someone else, not me). One of the first ones had as the answer to the question “What was your favorite thing about the LBF?” Meeting the world’s strongest librarian!!

    I know that will help pump up your day. There were over 150 authors there….and you were at least two people’s favorite! (I would be the other one.)

    • Josh Hanagarne November 4, 2013, 1:13 pm

      ha! Glad to hear it. Was that evaluation form from Louis Gossett Jr?

      • Michael Golrick November 4, 2013, 1:35 pm

        I don’t know his handwriting, so I can’t say for sure….If you want it to be, I can be!

        • Josh Hanagarne November 4, 2013, 2:39 pm

          It must have been…I can’t believe he said that!

  • Jessica Marie November 5, 2013, 3:05 pm

    Well done.

  • Lesli Gray November 13, 2013, 8:33 am

    Hi Josh, you won’t remember me but I’m the one who had you sign a pre-signed book at the Louisiana Book Festival. I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your book and think you are really brave, not only telling your story about living with Tourette’s, but writing about your life at all. You write in an immediate way that makes the reader feel as if she knows you and I think that takes courage. Not to mention talent! I also wanted to say that your wife must be a really strong person; it’s hard to watch someone you love deal with something that you would love to be able to alleviate or stop but that you can’t. It’s hard to be helpless when someone you love is hurting. Anyway, I’m sorry I missed your presentation and didn’t get a chance to talk with you at the authors’ party. (I was working at the festival and couldn’t get away in time for your presentation.) I hope you come back so I can see your presentation and maybe get your book signed a third time!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 13, 2013, 10:42 am

      I do remember you, quit talking nonsense, you!

  • Michael Golrick November 20, 2013, 5:31 pm

    Hey…..we got links to the LBF videos. Your talk at the festival is in the opening as background and your interview is at the end of part 1.