T-minus 22 Days to Liftoff

The Shaman of Turtle Valley

My new book, The Shaman of Turtle Valley, has an official publication date of May 14, just over three weeks from now. With the help of my publisher and publicist, I’ve been getting ready for the big day, writing articles, doing interviews, scheduling appearances, and generally making a nuisance of myself on social media.

Although it has an official publication date, pre-orders from the publisher have apparently begun to ship, and for now they’re still accepting pre-orders. (I have already heard from a couple of readers who love the book, which is comforting.) I think the book is shipping from Small Press Distribution, but won’t be available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Independent Bookstores until mid-May, although you can certainly (please) pre-order if you have a mind to.

But if you want to get a signed copy (collectors’ items! investments! gifts!), you might want to attend one of the events I’ve got planned in the coming months, some of which I’m listing below. (And you can always check my Events Calendar to see what’s been added or updated.)

Saturday, May 11, 7:00 pm, New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville. I’ll be reading with the poet Lauren Camp at one of the best bookstores around. Technically this is a pre-publication event, but books will be available for purchase (including my earlier books, in case you need to get one of those).

Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 pm, Ox-Eye Vineyards Tasting Room, Staunton. Publication Day! To celebrate the launch of TSOTV, I’ve reserved the gallery space on the second floor of the Ox-Eye Tasting Room. Wine will be available for purchase and there will be food from Stacks. Book sales will be handled by Stone Soup Books. All are welcome, but if you plan to purchase a book, I’d love it if you’d let me know (cliffgarstang@gmail.com) so I can be sure that the book seller has enough copies on hand. I’ll read a little and talk a little, but this is mostly a day to celebrate.

Tuesday, May 21, 12:00 pm. I’ll be speaking to the Staunton Rotary Luncheon. Books will be available purchase.

Monday, May 27, 3:00 pm, Redbeard Brewing, Staunton. It’s Memorial Day! Come down to Redbeard Brewing for their new Meet the Author program. Books will be available for purchase.

Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm, Fountain Books, Richmond. I’ll be reading with novelist and poet Valerie Nieman.

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 pm, Bo’s Kitchen & Bar, New York City. I’ll be joining writers Myla Goldberg, Will Allison, Jonathan Durbin, and Kelly Fordon in the #YeahYouWrite series.

Saturday, June 22, 3:00 pm, Handley Library, Winchester, VA. I’ll be the featured author for the Virginia Center for Literary Arts reading series.

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