Spring News Roundup

oesteich-cover_revThe clock has done sprung forward, and baseball’s opening day has done opened. Time for a news briefing:

My new book, Partisans, will be published in late May. I’ll have more news as we get closer to the Pub Date, but in the meantime, you can pre-order it directly from Black Lawrence Press HERE.

Scott Pleasant and I recently wrote a retrospective on Coastal Carolina’s College World Series championship for Grand Strand Magazine. Check it out HERE.

I just interviewed killer music writer Joe Bonomo for the literary journal The Normal School. His fantastic new essay collection, Field Recordings from the Inside, is a must-read for anybody whose memories are connected to the music they listened to (which is to say, pretty much everybody). For a link to the conversation, click HERE.

I recently signed a book contract for a new project I’m working on with a co-writer. More news later. Here’s what I can say now: The book is about a rock and roll musician not named Joe Oestreich.

Partisans: Now Available for Pre-Order

oesteich-cover_revIt’s never too early to start thinking about Memorial Day gifts.

Although my forthcoming essay collection PARTISANS won’t be published until May, I hope you’ll consider pre-ordering it now directly from Black Lawrence Press. If you’re thinking about buying it anyway,  you might as well buy it early and direct from the publisher. Here’s why:

1. The pre-order price is $14.95. Three dollars off the $17.95 retail price.

2. Cool indie publishers like Black Lawrence are doing God’s work by publishing books from writers that aren’t, you know, already famous. When you buy direct from the press (as opposed to Amazon, etc.), they get a larger cut which they can funnel into the next project.

3. For every book ordered through their website between now and 12/31/16, Black Lawrence will donate $1.00 to the ACLU. 

Thanks, friends, for considering this. Happy early Memorial Day!

Fall Update: My Life as a Venn Diagram

vennWhere Set A = Writing and Set B = Rocking.

There’s lots happening this fall here at the intersection of the two.

On the writing front, I’m gearing up for the publication of Partisans, an essay collection that Black Lawrence Press will release in May. I’ll have cover artwork to share soon, but for now, here’s an exceedingly kind blurb from the great Meghan Daum: “I read Partisans in fits of recognition and admiration. It’s a formidable collection by a genuine talent.”

On the rocking front, click HERE to listen to the new songs Watershed released last summer. Click HERE for more information about the Dead Schembechlers’ 2016 Hate Michigan Rally and the release of the band’s new coloring book, “Scarlet Submarine.”

Coming Soon (writing): News about my next book project. Also news about bringing the currently out-of-print Hitless Wonder back into publication.

Coming Soon (rocking): News about a Watershed Xmas show in Columbus and a new Watershed album.

As they say in the news biz, watch this space.

They F*%k You Up, Your Mum and Dad…

CNF60_Cover-1…They may not mean to, but they do.” So writes Philip Larkin in “This Be the Verse.”

In the latest edition of Creative Nonfiction, I moderate a roundtable discussion with Michelle Herman, Heather Kirn Lanier, and Amy Monticello, in which we try to figure out if and how we can write about our kids without messing them up (too much). And as a side issue: Is it ever okay as a writer/parent to share how incredibly cute it was the time your kid ate that grape?

Watching Football Via Pirated Satellite

rt17_2I’m thrilled to have a new essay in the latest issue of River Teeth. The piece is called “Partisans,” and it’s about the time I dragged my wife to the outskirts of Valladolid, Mexico, to the home of a racist Crimson Tide fan, just so I could watch an important Ohio State game (the 2005 matchup with Texas, the first time the two schools had ever met in football). Not one of my proudest moments. Come to River Teeth for my yapping; stay for stunning essays by writers such as Sonya Huber, Jerald Walker, and Rebecca McClanahan.

New Songs in the Works

SSV4_Cover2Watershed is back with a new single just in time for summer. Please consider pre-ordering your copy now at Kickstarter. The two new songs were produced by Tim Patalan at The Loft in Michigan. Plus we’re throwing in a few old-school bonus tracks, including two produced by the legendary Willie Phoenix way back in 1990. The CD single will be officially released (when else?) on the 5th of July. For much more information, check out the Kickstarter project page.