DATE EVENT WHERE PUBLIC? TIME Nov 12 Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall Seattle, WA Yes 7:30 pm Nov 19 Rutgers State University New Jersey Yes 7:30pm Nov 20 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Ridgefield, CT Yes 8:00pm Feb 6, 2004 California Association of Teachers of English Conference San Diego, CA No N/A Mar 27 The Virginia Quarterly and University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Yes 8:00pm May 12 Friends of the Central Library, Onondaga Central Library Syracuse, NY Yes TBA May 13 Rochester Arts & Lectures Rochester, NY Yes TBA
My speaking engagements are booked through The Steven Barclay Agency.
A novella, "The Final Solution," is in the Summer 2003 issue of The Paris Review.
Work on the film version of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay seems to have stalled for the time being. The script, however, is finished.
I hope to learn very soon the fate of the words that I contributed to the script of next year's Spiderman 2.
In the meantime, I'm exploring the world of my new novel, Hotzeplotz. It's set in the Alaskan panhandle, in the present day, in the territory that was opened to the Jewish refugees of Europe, after Congress passed the King-Havenner Bill of 1940. The precarious balancing act of this Yiddish-speaking nation-within-a-nation is imperiled by the discovery of a mysterious skull in a construction site, and the novel unfolds as its protagonist, a homicide detective named Meyer Landsman, investigates. "Hotzeplotz" is the name of a real town in the Ukraine or someplace, but it's used in the Yiddish expression "from here to Hotzeplotz," meaning more or less the back of nowhere, Podunk, Iowa, the ends of the earth.