New Book in the Works

BLPI’m thrilled to report that my next book, an essay collection called Partisans, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in May of 2017. The pieces in Partisans are about choosing-up sides. From a trip through Mexico that my wife and I financed by attending timeshare presentations (“The Low Season”) to a suburban encounter with a soon-to-be murderer (“The Mercy Kill”) to a night watching college football with a racist Crimson Tide fan (“Partisans”), I take on the question of where and why we draw boundaries—both personal and cultural. What’s the border between us and them? How do we decide who’s in, who’s out, and who belongs where? More news and information to come over the next year.

Spring Update

baseballAh, spring in the Southland. The crack of the bat. The blooming of the azaleas. The dusting of the pine pollen (free tip for allergy sufferers: eating local honey is good; eating local bee pollen is better).

There’s lots happening down my way. Watershed is working on new tunes. I’m putting together a couple book proposals. And in the next few months I’ll have work appearing in River Teeth, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, and Superstition Review. More information about all of this coming soon. Watch this space.

Your Thoughtfully Curated Holiday Gift Guide

HItlessCoverYou know what makes a great holiday gift? Books. You know what’s the biggest drag about shopping for books? Too many options. Too much choice.

I say choice is overrated. Most of us only ever need two choices. Two. Simple binary. A or B. The Beatles or The Stones. The meat entree or the vegetarian. With that in mind, I’ve done almost all of your thinking for you. Or, to use the current hipster parlance, I’ve curated the following list of book titles especially for you and your hard to please loved ones.

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  1. Know somebody who is strangely attracted to the smell of a 3:00 am bar rag? Look no further.  Hitless Wonder.
  2. Know somebody who likes football but not so much that they want to risk Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy by actually playing it? Your work is done. Lines of Scrimmage.

Bam.

Conversation Starter

CNB_Kickoff_Lunch009Here in Horry County, SC, as football season rolls through its halfway point, Lines of Scrimmage continues to spark conversation.

On October 8, Coastal Carolina University hosted a LOS book reading and panel discussion that was widely attended by members of the CCU and Conway communities.

In the week leading up to the annual Victory Bell Game between Conway and Myrtle Beach (a game that Conway won), the Myrtle Beach Sun News ran a front page, above-the-fold story about the book and the rivalry. Read the article HERE.

And in the photo above, taken earlier in the season, CHS coach Chuck Jordan gives MBHS coach Mickey Wilson some good-natured ribbing by pointing out a photo of the undersized Mickey from back in his playing days at Conway.

CHS_FloodAs I type this, Chuck Jordan’s  present day Conway squad stands at 7-1 on the season, 3-0 in the region, and optimistic that 2015 is the year they’ll win their first state championship in football. So far, not even the historic flooding that wreaked havoc on the state of South Carolina (and left the CHS football field under two feet of water, as seen in the photo at left) has been able to slow the Tigers, who are led by SC Mr. Football finalist Bryan Edwards, a wide receiver and USC Gamecock commitment.

We Have Liftoff

BN_Photo2Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Lines of Scrimmage book launch reading at the Myrtle Beach Barnes and Noble on September 10. It was great for Scott and me to share a little about the project with so many smart, interested folks. For information on upcoming events, please see the post below, the EVENTS section of this site, and scottpleasant.com.

Other Odds & Sods:

To see a cool little LOS mention in the Christian Science Monitor, click HERE.

To see the official press release on the Coastal Carolina University website about the upcoming LOS event at CCU on October 10, click HERE.

To read a story in the Ohio State University Alumni Magazine about the upcoming OSU Alumni Writers’ Extravaganza at which I will be presenting and reading on October 3 and 4, click HERE and flip to pages 34 and 35.

To get the behind-the-scenes story on how Scott and I collaborated on rewriting the words to the Coastal Carolina fight song, click HERE.