Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ralph Nader, Wally Lamb and Moi

House of Good Hope is a finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards in the Biography and Memoir category. Other finalists are Ralph Nader's memoir about growing up Winsted, Connecticut, and a collection of essays written by women in prison edited by Wally Lamb. I won't be able to attend the awards ceremony to hang out with the likes of Stewart O'Nan, a finalist for his rich gem of a novel Last Night at the Lobster, but I'm missing the ceremony for the very best of reasons. Friends Courtney Lowery and Jacob Cowgill are getting married in Montana, and I've been granted the privilege of officiating at their ceremony and pronouncing them husband and wife.

But if any of y'all would like to go to the Connecticut Book Awards or reception to follow, the good news is you can! Here's the info you need:

When? Sept. 21, 2 p.m.
Where? The atrium of the Hartford Public Library on Main Street in downtown Hartford
How much? FREE!
Free? Really? Well, the awards ceremony is. A reception and book signing to follow is $40. Get tickets by calling 860.695.6320 by September 15.


Troy said...

Hey Michael,

Congratulations on being a finalist. HoGH is prominently placed on my bookshelf, next to a Calvin and Hobbes collection and some stuff by Dashiell Hammet.

Live it up at Courtneys' wedding for me. Its rather nifty that you'll be the final unifier, though I thought that had to involve at least an online reverend certificate.

How long will you be in town?

Downs said...

Muchas gracias, Troy, especially for wedging HOGH b/w Calvin, Hobbes and Hammett. I might say that company is as good as if not better than Misters Nader and Lamb.

Here's the news flash: I am, via online ordination, a minister! Rev. Prof. Downs of the Universal Life Church.

Courtney and Jacob's nuptials are scheduled for Helena, so I'll be in Missoula less than 24 hours, alas. But next summer!