Okay, so I’ve been doing a lot of yakkin’ about A.D. over the last ten days, and I’m quite sick of hearing myself talk! But just in case you aren’t, here’s a rundown of who I’ve been speaking to, with links to many of the actual interviews. It all started two Sundays ago, on August 16, as I did a live 30-minute bit on Austin’s KAZI Community Radio, chatting with host Hopeton Hay. That same day my half-hour interview with Alex Telander of the Book Banter podcast was posted.
On Wednesday, August 19, my first stop on the publicity tour was marked by a quick interview on the Austin, TX, NPR affiliate KUT, which ran during "All Things Considered." The next day my interview with New Orleans’ own Fred Kasten ran on WWNO. (Kasten, by the way, is a genuine Katrina hero, who in the days immediately following the storm, set up a transmitter in his storm-damaged apartment and kept the station on the air, taking calls from residents and keeping information flowing.) On Saturday, August 22, while still in New Orleans, I recorded a twenty-minute interview with Tom Jackson, host of the "New Orleans Music Hour," which ran later that day on Chicago’s WLUW-FM.
This past Monday, August 24, I did an early-morning live bit on NOLA’s own KMEZ-FM ("Your Favorite Old-School and Today’s R&B"), chatting with host Kelder Summers about A.D. I then scooted over to the other side of the French Quarter for a live five-minute segment on the WWL-TV "Eyewitness Morning News," where I was interviewed by co-host Eric Paulsen. (I thought I’d be more nervous about my first live TV appearance, but it all happened so fast I didn’t have time to be. It also helped that I ran into A.D.’s own Brobson Lutz — a.k.a. "The Doctor" — at the studio, who’s always a cheerful and calming presence. I haven’t seen a clip of the show yet, but Sari saw it live and said I did fine — and looked "handsome," to boot. Pshaw!)
On Tuesday, the day of the big New York launch event, Mr. Media posted my 1/2-hour interview with host Bob Andelman, and then today GalleyCat posted their video interview recorded that night at Idlewild Books. (Don’t ask me why my jaw seems frozen during the GalleyCat interview.)
Today was a busy three-interview day: first a recorded segment for "Art Beat," the entertainment blog of PBS’s the Online NewsHour, which should run tomorrow; then a live appearance on New Hampshire Public Radio’s "Word of Mouth," with host Virginia Prescott; and finally a recorded 15-minute chat on the Tavis Smiley Show with Tavis and A.D. character Kwame Webster. Look out for the Tavis Smiley piece, debuting starting tomorrow on your local PRI affiliate.
Finally — at least for now — in advance of my signing tomorrow at Chicago’s Book Cellar, I’m scheduled to do a live three-minute appearance on WGN-TV’s "Midday News." (In fact, it looks like they’ve already got a link up, in advance…)
Whew! That’s a lot of gabbin’ about A.D.! But the goal is, of course, to spread the word, remind people about Katrina and the people of the Gulf Coast, and let people know about the book. And this is the time to do it: Katrina’s fourth anniversary is this coming Saturday, August 29.