Almost exactly a year since the book hit shelves, it's really gratifying for The Footloose American to have received the 2015 Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance here in my home state. It was an honor to be nominated alongside some writers I really admire. Thanks to the MWPA and all the Mainers who've had nice things to say about the book.
Another couple of recent interviews that I've really enjoyed: This one with Aaron Shulman of the LA Review of Books and this one with Nathaniel Boyle of the Daily Travel Podcast (embedded above). Pleasure talking with both these fellas.
The next morning, on Saturday, October 11, I'll be on a panel about "Searching for the Story" in nonfiction with two immensely talented writers: Peter Stark and Murray Carpenter. Drop by if you're in western Montana.
Four months out, and I'm really gratified that the book is still enjoying some complimentary reviews and other attention. A few of my favorites since the last time I did a media round-up:
The New York Times says the book is "an engrossing and opinionated travel guide to modern Latin America," among several other nice and thoughtful things.
Largehearted Boy let me participate in the Book Notes series, which I've always super enjoyed, creating an annotated playlist to accompany The Footloose American.
I had a great interview with the Missoula Independent, back in my old stomping grounds of Missoula, Montana.
I was super privileged to be interviewed by Rolf Potts as part of his fourteen-year (!) project of interviewing writers about travel and travel writing.
Thanks as always to everybody who's showed interest.
It's been super gratifying to see all the interest in The Footloose American from various corners of the web and other media. My favorite interview so far is this one with badass writer Eva Holland over at World Hum. World Hum has published some of my favorite stories over the years — and Holland has interviewed a bunch of my favorite writers — so it's an honor to be included on the roster.
Some of my other favorite tie-ins and coverage so far:
This post on The Atlantic about Thompson's early career.
This interview with Boyd Matson on the National Geographic Weekend radio show.
This great illustration (and meditation) by Nathan Gelgud on Biographile.
This TV appearance on Maine's 207 talk show.
Of course, a big thanks to everybody who's blogged, tweeted, participated in the AMA, and all the rest. It's super cool to be able to engage with folks who are enjoying the book.
Yesssss. Reading and signing in my old stomping grounds of Missoula, Montana, at Fact & Fiction on Higgins Street on June 25 at 7 p.m. Drinks at Charlie B's very likely to follow. Come say hi.
A few more June dates coming soon...
The folks at the r/Books subreddit have invited me to participate in an Ask Me Anything forum starting May 22 at 3 p.m. I'll be on hand to answer questions about The Footloose American, young Thompson, South American travel, and pretty much anything else.
If you're not familiar with the phenomenon of AMAs, Alexis Madrigal posted a pretty nice meditation on it in The Atlantic back in January.
My hometown bookstore, Maine Coast Books Shop, will help me celebrate the publication of The Footloose American here in Damariscotta on May 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. I''ll be reading, signing, and mingling, and it's a chance to patronize one of New England's finest bookstores to boot. Definitely stop by if you find yourself on the Maine coast.