Hi, everyone. I am very excited to announce that my wife, Amy Ettinger, will read with me on October 10, 7 p.m, at the Schiro Room, adjacent to the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, located in Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at SJSU, not to be confused, under any circumstances, with the Steinbeck Museum down in Salinas, although my mentioning of this distinction will probably cause even more confusion. A reception will follow.
Amy Ettinger has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sierra, Backpacker and other publications. Her personal essays delve into issues ranging from parenthood, childhood, mortality, creative competition among spouses and growing up on “the other side” of Silicon Valley. She will read a selection from her recent work.
I am a former Steinbeck Fellow, an occasional teacher and freelance travel writer, the institutional voice of Sammy the Banana Slug, and the author of a nonfiction book, The Cactus Eaters: How I Lost My Mind and Almost Found Myself on the Pacific Crest Trail, which I completed during my fellowship. So it’s fitting that both of us will be back at the center when I’m reading from my as-yet untitled, still-in-progress, brand-new nonfiction project. If you want to find out more, you’ll just have to be there in person. Looking forward to this. See you then. In other news, looks like I’ll be teaching a second -and significantly longer writing class out here. More soon.