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Maple Leaf author publishes again – this time, poetry

May 25th, 2014 by Mike

Established Maple Leaf author Jack Remick released a new book this month, “Satori.”

It’s the fourth Remick work we’ve posted on since Maple Leaf Life launched. But this one’s different.

The other three were novels. “Satori” is a book of poetry.

In a guest post on a writing blog, he explains a bit of back story:

I didn’t intend to be a poet until I met Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights Bookstore when I was eighteen. I read “A Coney Island of the Mind” the day I met him. I was anxious because I’d just learned that he was moving out of North Beach to a house somewhere near Twin Peaks. I asked him why he was selling out. He told me that his wife was sick and tired of eating off of orange crates. By then Ferlinghetti was the godfather of the Beat Movement.

As it happens, The New York Times has a piece this weekend on poetry vs. novels, by Philip Schultz, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 (for poetry).

He writes in part:

In between novels I wrote poems, mostly to console myself for the novels’ failures. Mysteriously, all my heartache, worry and grief went into these poems, which felt more like private notes to myself than professional attempts at writing literature. Even more mysteriously, most of them were getting published

Update: The link above to “Satori” connects to Amazon.com. If you’d rather not shop there, Jack has since emailed:

The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Ingram is the distributor. Coffeetown the publisher has books as well, and University Bookstore will have them. I’m doing a reading there in August and they will stock the book.

Here’s the url for Coffeetown: http://coffeetownpress.com/

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Maple Leaf author has "virtual book launch" tonight

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

The Book of Changes,” a new work by veteran Maple Leaf author Jack Remick, is having a “virtual book launch” tonight at 6 p.m. Seattle time.

The Book of Changes, the third book of The California Quartet, will be the subject of a Virtual Book Launch on December 10th. Using Michigan Avenue Media, I’ll be on The World of Ink hosted by Marsha Cook and Virginia Grenier.

This is a first-time event for me as a writer. First came the blog tours and how the virtual launch. The world is changing for us as writers, so hop on over and tune in. I’ll entertain you with a short reading from the book and share notes about the process of publishing in the new e-world.

From the web description:

“Beast”, the lead character in The Book of Changes, comes to Berkeley, the Cathedral of Learning, in 1971, a time of political chaos, hallucinogenic drugs, group sex, and electric, acid, psychedelic, mind-bending rock and roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a raven-haired Gothic artists’ model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to a family of French aristocrats with a bloody history dating back to before Joan of Arc.

The website is here

Use this number to call in to speak with Remick:  (714) 242-5259.

Or find him on Twitter chat:  #WOIjack

We’ve arranged for callers and listeners who care to sign in and/or leave a comment to get a free copy (now called a give-away) of The Book of Changes in any of three formats: MOBI, ePUB, or PDF.

For our post on Book Two of the California Quartet, go here.

From Remick: “An added note: My novel Gabriela and The Widow won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame Virtual Book Expo. We’ll be talking about that event.

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Maple Leaf author has “virtual book launch” tonight

December 10th, 2013 by Mike

The Book of Changes,” a new work by veteran Maple Leaf author Jack Remick, is having a “virtual book launch” tonight at 6 p.m. Seattle time.

The Book of Changes, the third book of The California Quartet, will be the subject of a Virtual Book Launch on December 10th. Using Michigan Avenue Media, I’ll be on The World of Ink hosted by Marsha Cook and Virginia Grenier.

This is a first-time event for me as a writer. First came the blog tours and how the virtual launch. The world is changing for us as writers, so hop on over and tune in. I’ll entertain you with a short reading from the book and share notes about the process of publishing in the new e-world.

From the web description:

“Beast”, the lead character in The Book of Changes, comes to Berkeley, the Cathedral of Learning, in 1971, a time of political chaos, hallucinogenic drugs, group sex, and electric, acid, psychedelic, mind-bending rock and roll. On his quest for meaning he hangs out with a Harley-riding dwarf, a raven-haired Gothic artists’ model, a sorority girl turned nymphomaniac, and the heir to a family of French aristocrats with a bloody history dating back to before Joan of Arc.

The website is here

Use this number to call in to speak with Remick:  (714) 242-5259.

Or find him on Twitter chat:  #WOIjack

We’ve arranged for callers and listeners who care to sign in and/or leave a comment to get a free copy (now called a give-away) of The Book of Changes in any of three formats: MOBI, ePUB, or PDF.

For our post on Book Two of the California Quartet, go here.

From Remick: “An added note: My novel Gabriela and The Widow won ‘Best Women’s Fiction’ in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame Virtual Book Expo. We’ll be talking about that event.

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Maple Leaf author Jack Remick releases "Valley Boy"

April 22nd, 2012 by Mike

Veteran Maple Leaf author Jack Remick is releasing a new coming-of-age novel set in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

“When you grow up in the Central Valley,” Remick writes, “you wonder if you can ever get out. I wrote Valley Boy in part to remind readers about the Diaspora, the westward migration, that started in the Dust Bowl. Most people think the migration ended with World War II, but it didn’t.”

Sounds different from Remick’s last book, “Blood.” That one dealt with a mercenary who worked as a hitman for huge American corporations that believe themselves above the law.

“Valley Boy,” which is book two of the California Quartet series, is being published May 1 by Coffeetown Press. It will also be available on Amazon.com, where the paperback is priced at $13.95 and the Kindle edition at $5.95.

Remick is a long-time neighborhood resident and organizer who has taught certificate programs at the University of Washington and is involved in a local writing group that meets at Louisa’s Cafe on Eastlake Avenue. He can often be seen in Maple Leaf around noon, walking a Golden Retriever.

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Maple Leaf author Jack Remick releases “Valley Boy”

April 22nd, 2012 by Mike

Veteran Maple Leaf author Jack Remick is releasing a new coming-of-age novel set in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

“When you grow up in the Central Valley,” Remick writes, “you wonder if you can ever get out. I wrote Valley Boy in part to remind readers about the Diaspora, the westward migration, that started in the Dust Bowl. Most people think the migration ended with World War II, but it didn’t.”

Sounds different from Remick’s last book, “Blood.” That one dealt with a mercenary who worked as a hitman for huge American corporations that believe themselves above the law.

“Valley Boy,” which is book two of the California Quartet series, is being published May 1 by Coffeetown Press. It will also be available on Amazon.com, where the paperback is priced at $13.95 and the Kindle edition at $5.95.

Remick is a long-time neighborhood resident and organizer who has taught certificate programs at the University of Washington and is involved in a local writing group that meets at Louisa’s Cafe on Eastlake Avenue. He can often be seen in Maple Leaf around noon, walking a Golden Retriever.

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