Last weekend was the first annual Asbury Park BookFest, and Anthony and Jay had a great time talking to fans and fellow writers alike at the art629 gallery on Cookman Avenue. Some highlights from the weekend:
- We kicked off our festivities even before getting to the art gallery by downing some gigantic burritos courtesy of Bubbakoo’s Burritos in West Long Branch. If you have to sit in one place for the next three hours, hell, why not Mexican food? (I seriously recommend Bubbakoo’s… one of the best burritos I’ve ever had!);
- We met some great writers and general literary types, including our table-mate, Jean Criss (author of My Pain Woke Me Up: A Survivor’s Tale of Breast Cancer, Love and Life); fellow pulpster Kevin Michaels (author of Lost Exit and contributor to the great Fight Card series of two-fisted tales); fantasy author Harry Aderton (author of Heaven’s Night), the crew from The Idiom literary magazine (including one dude who looked like a disheveled version of Jack Arnold, Kevin’s dad from The Wonder Years), and many others;
- We got to — briefly — see our buddy Kathy Kelly from Paranormal Books and Curiosities and drop off some swag for her;
- Special thanks to words! Bookstore in Asbury Park, and to owners Scott Asalone and Jan Sparrow, who graciously hosted a kick-ass post-game reception in their store for all the authors involved in the BookFest;
- Extra special thanks to Steven Froias, publisher and editor of Asbury Pulp, for organizing a great event! Looking forward to participating in the future, if you’ll have us back!;
- and a special shout-out to the crew of the Serenity… hope you guys like the books!
- We ended the evening with beers and beef at The Brickwall Tavern.
We had a great time chatting up fellow creative types, selling a few books, and generally enjoying the great artsy vibe of Asbury Park.
If you’re on Instagram, Anthony has set up a new account to give you, the readers, a behind-the-scenes look at Episodes from the Zero Hour! and Pulp Tone. Moving forward, he said that he wants to use it to share ideas, give readers a glimpse into our creative process, or just gawk at how much food we can stuff in our bellies before sitting at a signing or other promotional event (hint — it’s a lot). He has a bunch of photos posted from Saturday. Check ‘em out, and maybe pass along a like or two, if you can spare it.
And if you haven’t heard already, we’ve created a mailing list to keep folks up to date about the latest releases from Episodes from the Zero Hour! (including the any-week-now release of Episodes from the Zero Hour!, Volume 4). If you’re so inclined, you can check it out here.