“Cactus Eaters Kids” — my coloring book

My nieces have expressed strong interest in my book. This is a problem, because there are a lot of bad words (!) and some scary situations in this book. To solve the problem, I’ve decided to create a “clean version” of the project called “Cactus Eaters Kids” I’m editing out all of the swearing and most of the disturbing situations. It will be about 20 pages long (give or take a couple of pages.) I expect to finish it and distribute it to my family and friends in about three weeks. It will include many pictures of cacti and mostly harmless fauna. http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Who wants to go backpacking with me?

As part of my book tour, I will (apparently) be leading at least one hike into the woods. All I can say is, bring plenty of water. Also, proceed at your own risk. But seriously, if this happens, I will be very careful not to stray too far from civilization. Also, I promise to do a careful head count to make sure that no one gets left behind in the forest. http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

New improved list of readings and appearances…

Also, I’ve recorded a chapter of the book for KQED Writer’s Block. It should be available for podcasting in about three weeks. I’ll post the link when it’s ready. When I get closer to the bookstore events, I’ll post addresses for the stores. June 4, 2008 7:00 PM Village BooksBellingham, WA June 5, 2008 6:30 PM Seattle Public Library (with Secret Garden Books) June 6, 2008 7:00 PM Barnes & NoblePortland, OR June 19, 2008 7:30 PM Capitola Book Cafe June 26, 2008 7:30 PM Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden ArtsBerkeley, CA June 29, American Library Association conference, Anaheim, CA. 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m, location to be announced. I will take part in a panel called “First Author, First Book,” with Kaya McLaren (Church of the Dog, Penguin), Scott Douglas (Quiet, Please, Perseus Books), Mark Sarvas (Harry, Revised, Bloomsbury USA), and Anya Ulinich (Petropolis, Penguin). Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/annual/2008a/home.cfm for more information. July…

Link to author’s page ..

And here’s the link to my HarperCollins page, with the cover and some biographical info…This will be updated and augmented in the coming weeks. Thanks to my readers for pointing out the ‘doomsday clock’ function (which I did not notice at first!) http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/33024/Dan_White/index.aspx http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

Whitmaniacs converge on San Jose

If you happen to be in San Jose on April 23rd, the Poets & Writers Coalition is setting up a small army of readers who will perform Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” in its entirety. This event will start at 1:30 p.m., location TBA. I will fill in the details as soon as I get them. http://cactuseaters.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default