Archive | October, 2012

What goes up…

This has been a week of ups and downs, I’m not gonna lie. Mostly ups, I’m happy to report. My SoCal Punch Parties were a rollicking good time, with honest-to-God stand-up comedians gracing the stage. I was just happy to be their warm-up act. College friend and perpetual genius Tom Franck (seen punching me at right), super-nice and IMDB-as-long-as-my-arm Steve Skrovan and The Dylan Brody (who wears the hell out of a vest) got punchy last night at The York while Knock Knock founder Jen Bilik, stand-up Kevin Garbee, and author Judy Rothman of The Neurotic Parent’s Guide to College Admissions were among those who took the mic on Saturday night at Vidiots Annex and made it their, well, you know. The magical thing about these parties is that when people get up and air their grievance(s), others want to join in. It jogs their memory or lights their ire.

This is a book that brings people together.

Having thrown four Punch Parties now, I’ve seen this happen over and over. People get up and share or they come up to me and let it rip. It’s fantastic. This has happened at trade shows as well. I’ve been to three bookseller conferences—Book Expo America, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association—and booksellers and librarians want to join the party as well. From amazon to seedless watermelons, everyone has something they want to punch in the face.

Again, this is a book that brings people together.

And I’m hoping it brings Seattlites together this Friday, as we gather at Queen Anne Books for a final Seattle Punch Party and a  goodbye to Queen Anne Books, which is closing its charming doors on October 31. It somehow seems fitting that one of the final events in the store (which hopefully will find a new owner) will focus on airing your grievances. I certainly want to punch the current climate in the face that leads to small business owners having to shutter their bookstores. Online competition, e-books, the shopping habits of the average America, the economy—all these things have been monumental challenges for the local bookshop. When Things I Want to Punch in the Face hit the market, I sought out all the independent bookstores in town and worked to make each event as personal and community-based as a barn-raising or a quilting bee.

But unlike Ma and Pa Ingalls, there are myriad options for a Friday night and just as many avenues for purchasing the book. So it comes down inviting you to a good-old-fashioned barn-burner of an event, one where you can connect over commonalities, laugh, and build community.

Remember, this is a book that brings people together. It’s bringing people together this Friday, October. 26 at 6:30 at Queen Anne Books, right at the top of Queen Anne Hill. Come out and soak the punch-drunk love.

We want YOU…as a punch recruit

It’s been a, ahem, full few weeks promoting TIWTPITF. And we’re far from done! In Seattle, we’ve hosted two amazing Punch Parties with loads of talented people showing up to read their own rants and play a saucy game of “Punch in the Face or Make Out With.” Last night, as part of Seattle’s Lit Crawl, I was on a Funny Ladies panel reading a Seattle-specific Punch in the Face rant. Needless to say, it was high-larious (as were all of the other talented women on the panel).

But wait, there’s more!

I’m now in Southern California for a weekend of punch-drunk love. Bring a rant to tomorrow’s Punch Party at Vidiots Annex or Sunday’s Punch Party at The York in Highland Park. Things get under way at both venues at 6pm. Bring a friend, bring a diatribe, bring yourself! If you’re interested in coming out and punching something, here’s the deal:

  • I’ll introduce you briefly (let me know if there’s anything I should mention; I’m all for promoting your stuff too!)
  • You’ll read your own PITF (loudly, with feeling and hopefully with wild gesticulations)
  • Your PITF should be a couple of paragraphs or about 200 words, so we can make sure everyone who wants to share has time (if you really need to get something off your chest and take 10 minutes, so be it; I won’t bring out the hook)
  • I don’t need to see your PITF in advance
  • It will be fun!

And if you’re in Seattle or Portland, never fear. Punch Parties are coming your way on October 26 (Queen Anne Books in Seattle) and November 9 (Powells at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton).

With the holidays breathing down our necks, now is the time to ease the pain by picking up signed copies of TIWTPITF for your stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and Secret Santa presents. It really does have something for everyone.

Check out all my upcoming events here.

(photos: My publisher Colleen Dunn Bates and I checking out the book at the Pasadena Urban Outfitters)

Punch Party: Secret Garden Books

The Punch Party train pulled into Secret Garden Books last Friday and a great time was had by all. Who knew punching could be so much fun?

Me.

Yep, just as the blog struck a chord when I started it, so too has the book found its audience. I read a few of  my favorite posts from the book and then invited friends to share their own prepared or impromptu rants. Michaela talked about Seattle’s perpetual “let’s get together”, Janice bitched out the mood lighting in restaurant bathrooms, Kerry punched the whole “body after baby” tabloid stories (“that asshole Giselle” is still making me giggle), and Kathy went off on the invasive insects in Africa who raid her panty drawer. See, the things to punch in the face are as deep and wide as ever.

We then picked three contestants to play a fun round of “Punch in the Face or Make Out With,” with Laurel taking home the prize.

It really was a magical evening and because I like pushing my luck, I’m doing it again and again. You can join the Punch Party this Thursday night at 7pm at U Bookstore and on Oct. 26 at 6:30 at Queen Anne Books. I hope to see you there!

Meet Yeardley Smith, shop for shoes, and get a copy of TIWTPITF

If you know me, you know I like to shop, usually for shoes. Join me this Saturday, Oct 6, at J Gilbert Footwear in Belltown (2025 First Avenue, Seattle 98121), from 12-4pm to meet actress and designer Yeardley Smith, shop her new fall collection of Marchez Vous AND get a free signed copy of Things I Want to Punch in the Face (the first 50 people will get a book with a purchase of $200). This is one of J.Gilbert Footwear’s infamous signature shopping events. Get 15% off the entire fall collection, a chance to meet and get an autograph with Yeardley, plus an exciting adventure for two (trust me; it’s GOOD).

(photo: marchezvous.com)