Sunday, January 08, 2012

A local launch and an Irish Hungarian

On Thursday, Feb, 2 at 7:30 p.m., Red Giant Books and yours truly will be launching The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts at Local Girl Gallery in Lakewood, Ohio.

Although the word "launch" implies backwards counting, a huge explosion and blasting through the earth's atmosphere, this event won't include any of that (unless you're into metaphor). It will, however, be just as spectacular (and a tad less noisy).

That's because not only will you partake in some nibbles and vino, you'll mingle with the one and only Irish Hungarian (that's me) and get a sample reading of The Irish Hungarian (that's the book). As for spectacular, dig what Michael Heaton, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Minister of Culture has to say about The Irish Hungarian.

(psst: you should really click that link--really.)

That all of this will unfold at Local Girl Gallery isn't just icing--it's an extra large fluffy dollop of buttercream frosting. Because this place will fill you with Extreme Cleveland Love. The gallery is brimming with arts and crafts made by, well, local girls (and guys). I'd love to tell you exactly what you'll find when you amble in next month, but the shop's inventory changes all the time depending on who's creating what in and around the fabulous North Coast (today's pix were taken in November 2007).


Odds are you'll find something funky or hip at Local Girl and that it will be the right price. You might even find that one object that simply takes your breath away and you absolutely cannot live without. I promise you'll find a copy of The Irish Hungarian, which, incidentally IS PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (can you tell I sort of dig that?) and will run you fourteen clams.

(Yes, it will eventually be available online. Hold your horses already!)

To my old buddies, I'd love to see you. To the buddies I've yet to make, I'd love to meet you. To my online buddies I've never met in person, well, finally saying hello face-to-face would be wonderful.

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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very Cool. I'll certainly be there in spirit.

RJ

BTW, I don't know the work of author Ann Patchett but there was a grand celebration recently when she and a few friends decided to open an independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, in Nashville. All the old standards had fallen victim to the economy and the chain stores and she said she couldn't stand the thought of living in a town without a bookstore(read: Not B and N, etc.) so she put her money where her mouth is. Haven't been able to get buy yet but the press was very favorable. Sound like our kind of people. Perhaps Red Giant would do well to send a few copies their way. Would certainly get 'em at least one new customer.

John Venlet said...

Congratualtions, Erin. I'd be interested in attending the "launch" but that's right about the time I'll be donning the mantle of being a Grandpa for the first time.

alphadog said...

Oh hell Erin O'Brien, I think this book launch should be accompanied by loud noise and pyrotechnics, it seems to suit perfectly.
Congratulations Erin. I'm truly sorry my presence is required elsewhere that day. I will be sending you my ethereal fine thoughts in celebration.

Bill said...

What Heaton says. Erma Bombeck and Hunter S. Thompson. Yep.

DogsDontPurr said...

I cannot hold my horses!!! I must have it now, already....because, yes, it is something I cannot live without, and I know it will take my breath away.

If us online folk have to take a number, I'm taking one now! How much extra do I have to put in to get a signed copy?

Congrats, Erin. Seriously, I can't wait to read your book. Cheers!

Erin O'Brien said...

Thanks, gang!

twinkly sparkles said...

I wish I could be there. Can't wait for the book. Congratulations, Erin!

Anonymous said...

Erma Bombeck and Hunter S Thompson??? I can't wrap my brain around that-Erma and Hunter in the Shark on their way to Vegas..."We were somewhere out of Barstow when the acid took hold...."

I think Hunter would've fed her to his dobermans...

You, on the other hand, he would've dug...
MR

alphadog said...

MR,
But on the advice of his attorney...

Jack Cluth said...

I would dearly love to be there, but alas, Portland is clear on the other side of the planet (well, almost). I'll be there in spirit, and to show my undying admiration and support, I'll even buy a copy when it's available online. Hopefully, you can return the favor. ;-)

Seriously, though, mucho congratulations!! Well done, m'dear....

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

If I was there, I'd cater the whole thing. Using non-candyass techniques.

Congrats, my friend.

Al
TRAG

Laura Maylene said...

I live in Lakewood and could really use a guide to the domestic arts, so this is a win-win for me. I'm marking it down on my calendar!

Erin O'Brien said...

Can't wait to see you Laura. To tide you over until then, here's a quickie from my Reader's Digest 1,120 Money Saving Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things book, page 124: Denture tablets are "surprisingly useful for cleaning toilets, coffeemakers, jewelry and enamel cookware, among other things."

twinkly sparkles said...

I tried denture tablets for cleaning toilets and all I got were dirty teeth! Don't ask.....

DogsDontPurr said...

Pre~ordered!!!!

I'll be checking my mail every single effing day!

Anonymous said...

@ twinkly-did you get my message at your joint?
MR