The Name in Print
Not an official newsletter, just a quick word about The Optimist. Not to get too commercial on you (famous last words, I know), but it’s the giving time of year and if you’re looking for a signed copy of the book you can get one from Plain Goods, the wonderful store in New Preston, CT or at M.S. McClellan also a wonderful store, in Knoxville, TN. Or from our beloved friends at Todd Snyder and Sid Mashburn.
If you have a relation who likes to fish, is interested in fishing or just likes travel or the natural world then hopefully they’ll like The Optimist—and you can get one the old fashioned way on the internet.
That’s pretty much all you’ll hear from me about The Optimist until the paperback edition comes out in May—you might be surprised and excited (as I was) to see who some of the new blurbs are from. A writer, unfortunately, is overly concerned with blurbs. As far as I can tell the Audio CD of the book has sold exactly two copies. And I think one of those is Michael Williams, because he wants to use it at his next White Elephant party.
On the topic of publishing, not sure if you saw this announcement about my next book, The Believer, which is coming into focus. More fishing, more travel, a little more intense and unvarnished. I’m thrilled to be working again with Colin Harrison and the gang at Scribner. So that’s the next year for me.
If you’re looking for other holiday ideas, Michael and I will do a proper gift guide on the podcast next week. I also thought I’d mention my dad’s artwork (that would be Big David, known as @drcoggins on Ye Olde Instagram) some of which is available from Forsyth. The new work on gridded Nepalese paper is really great.
Anyway, that’s enough from the Coggins corner of the world.
New podcast out tomorrow. And more good things coming your way later this year.
Grazie! Happy holidays.