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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile by David L. Faucheux, a Journal/Memoir available now.

David will be awarding a library edition audio book (US only) or if an international winner, a $15 Amazon/BN GC, to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.



Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile
by David L. Faucheux


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GENRE: Memoir/Journal


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BLURB:


Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could see and music he enjoys. The schools he attended and the two degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 200 of them quoted from or reviewed. All In all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance.


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EXCERPT:


Friday, October 17, 2014
A Blast from the Past


While in the waiting area at physical therapy prior to this morning’s session, I met a former coworker of mine on her way out. Just as I did, Quintina taught in the early 1990s at the Deaf Action Center (DAC). I liked working there, but it was very part–time, and I pursued other employment. The director of DAC was a great supervisor, and I wish I could have taken her with me to other employment situations. She had a genuine appreciation of her employees and was always professional and pleasant, even kind.


I have continued reading Madame Picasso.


I’m researching Louisiana’s early history. It wasn’t so great in the 18th century—no elegant riverboats and mansions, rather frontier–like.


Tonight I attended Novel Ideas on accessibleworld.org; we discussed Christina Baker Kline’s novel Orphan Train. I enjoyed the book, which dealt with the relationship between foster teen Molly and orphan train survivor Vivian Daly. Daly tells Molly of immigrating to America from Ireland in the early 1900s and being sent to Minnesota on an orphan train after her family dies in a New York City tenement fire. The novel is rather dark, as Vivian is exploited as cheap labor by several families.


Did You Know?


Speaking of reading books about Picasso and the art world, I learned while reading Color: Travels Through the Paintbox and doing research on Wikipedia that ultramarine refers to a pigment which was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. Ultramarine was the finest and most expensive blue used by Renaissance painters. It was used for the robes of the Virgin Mary, and it symbolized holiness and humility. It remained an extremely expensive pigment until a synthetic ultramarine was invented in 1826. The best lapis lazuli is said to come from the Sar–e Sang (or Sar–i sang) mines, in the Badakhshan region of Afghanistan. The turban of the Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Vermeer, is painted with a mixture of ultramarine and lead white, with a thin glaze of pure ultramarine over it.



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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

1.  Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
My intended audience is the vast number of sighted readers out there.  I hope they read my book because I wanted to show them a world they may not know; namely, that of a blind person who has been attempting to find his place in the world and continues to look.


2.  How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
Let me include a passage from my journal that speaks to this very question.  “I might call this journal Jambalaya or Gumbo. Of course, that might risk people thinking I’m doing a cookbook! I thought about the title Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile. I was somehow reminded of Across Five Aprils, a Newbery Honor winner from 1965, by Irene Hunt. I must have encountered it while Googling recently—a sort of Magic 8 Ball moment. Glimpses: A Biblionaut’s Journeys could work, too. Maybe Kaleidoscope: A Bibliophile’s Crazy Year. I’ll figure out something. Glad you can’t copyright a title. Would any good ones be left by now? I am not going to talk myself out of publishing it, although I worry it’s rather innocuous, and not the kind of spectacular “blind person conquers major hurdle” story that people like to read.”  My editor, Leonore Dvorkin, and I talked these titles over.  She really liked Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile.


3.  Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?
Though totally blind myself, I knew a great cover image was essential and could be a valuable tool to use in my book promotion activities.  I thought that since I ended up choosing Across Two Novembers as the title, maybe something fall --  if fall, maybe trees, if trees and leaves, and if books have pages called leaves, book trees.  My editor found the image after much Google searching, the tree with book leaves and letter bark that we used.  


4.  Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Well, as my book is nonfiction, I’d say all of the historic novel authors are favorites.  I wanted to be them; any one of them.  I also appreciated the narrators of the audio or talking books I reference.  Their voices opened worlds to me!

5.  How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?
I don’t have a least favorite character though the professor who told me he did not think blind people could pursue advanced studies in linguistics will never be a favorite.  It changed my career trajectory.  It’s hard to say.  I think my least favorite character is not a character, but is rather the constellation of conditions that still exist today that negatively impact the lives of many blind people.  


6.  If you could change ONE thing about your book, what would it be?  Why?
I might have tried to shorten it a bit.  I fear it will seem overly long to some readers though as a journal, it’s very modular, very granular.  Just dive in anywhere.  Start on your birthday or wedding anniversary.


7.  Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
To add the Did-You-Know facts to my book, I read other books.  For example, to include the bit about vanilla, see below, I read an entire book.  But I enjoyed doing this.  
“According to Vanilla: The Cultural History of the World’s Most Popular Flavor and Fragrance, Tahitian Vanilla, Vanilla tahitensis, is a unique creation that was developed during the early 19th century in the Philippines by crossing Vanilla pompona … with Vanilla planifolia …. Vanilla tahitensis migrated to Tahiti … It is considered a separate species … It’s sweeter and fruitier and contains heliotropin … giving it a more cherry–like or licorice taste.”


8.  What other books are similar to your own?  What makes them alike?
I’m not sure anything is quite like mine.  My book is several things all in one: journal, memoir, autobiography, trivia fact book, collection of book reviews, and even a bit recipe book: a miscellany.
 
9.  Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?
My mother read to me as a child.  I also had excellent reader advisors at the Louisiana State Library Section for the Blind in Baton Rouge who always tried to get me just the right book. Thank you Janet, Cheryl, Pamela, Margaret, et al.


10.  Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Alas, I don’t think so unless you count kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique that I started in early 2014 and mentioned in the journal.  I wish I could explore more options.  I once considered soap making, but the lye used in the saponification process heats the necessary water to over 267 degrees, so I decided not to try!  


11.  What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
The menu developed by futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti that included Chicken Fiat or chicken roasted with a handful of steel ball bearings inside accompanied by whipped cream and possibly served with battered, deep-fried red roses.


12.  How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
You can visit www.dldbooks.com/davidfaucheux/ or email scopist65@gmail.com.  Would love to hear from any of you.


13.  What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
I am considering a nonfiction book that explores the life of an ancestor of mine, Isabella Mora, who came to Spanish Louisiana in 1779 and the genetic eye condition she carried unknowingly with her, a condition that I have had to come to terms with or try to.  The other option is a short story collection dealing with my time at a residential school for the blind.


14.  What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Please spread the word via any method you can.  I’d be pleased to be interviewed by any podcaster, blogger, or journalist of your acquaintance.  I am pleased to appear via telephone at any book clubs wishing to have me.  If my expenses were covered, we could discuss my in-person appearances as well.


15.  Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Goodreads.com is one of the best general interest websites for those interested in exploring various genres and meeting like-minded people.  The Writer has excellent articles on publishing.  The May issue discussed self-publishing.  Don’t give up.

16.  Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Well, I could describe my dream writing project, but we are running out of space.  Let me know, and I’ll be happy to answer.  And let me conclude by saying that I love the blog title, Readeropolis: a city of readers.  YES!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


I’m pleased to take a moment to talk about myself and what makes me tick.  I’d have to say books, books, and more books.  Let me explain.  Braille and recorded books take me places and show me things I would otherwise never get to encounter.  They see for me by their descriptions, their vivid word pictures, and lyrical prose.  They befriend me when I'm lonely, educate me when I'm curious, and amuse me when I'm in a blue mood.  I have always known I could pick up a book and for a time be in a better or at least A different place.  Books don't judge, ignore, or marginalize us.  I remember long, hot, Louisiana summers that were perfect for curling up with a good book.  I have had to struggle some nights to put the book away because I’d not be able to get up for work the next morning.  That’s being a bit too biblioholic.


I have worked as a medical transcriptionist and braille instructor.  I attended library school in the late 1990s when the Internet was starting to take off.  I ran an audio blog for several years.  I have also served on the board of a nonprofit organization that attempted to start a radio reading service in the town where I live.  Since 2006, I have reviewed audio books for Library Journal.






You might wish to view a segment about me done by a local reporter in February of this year.




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GIVEAWAY:


David will be awarding a library edition audio book (US only) or if an international winner, a $15 Amazon/BN GC, to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



TOUR PARTICIPANTS
September 6: Rogue's Angels
September 6: Straight From the Library
September 13: This and That Book Blog
September 20: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
September 27: Queen of All She Reads
September 27: It's Raining Books
October 4: T's Stuff
October 11: Fabulous and Brunette
October 18: Book Lover Promo
October 25: Readeropolis

About Mayor Sonni

Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of Readeropolis. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations. Well, not necessarily in that order.
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6 comments:

  1. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  3. The author is having some trouble leaving a comment, so has asked us to post for him. From David:

    Hello, first let me thank Mayor Sonni, our host, and say how I really like the name Readeropolis. Were I to have a blog, I’d want a variant of that -- maybe Bibliopolis, if it’s not taken already.

    And let me also thank the nice people at Goddess Fish for making this possible. Thanks to you all.

    I thought I’d end my blog tour by a recap of the books I have encountered since beginning the tour back on September 6.

    I have read 30 books in the past 7 weeks. There were 19 fiction titles and 11 nonfiction titles. The fiction titles included 3 novels set in Tudor England. Of these, I reviewed Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire for Library Journal. I also read several horror titles this month including the short novella Gwendy’s Button Box, a Stephen King and Richard Chizmar partnership. I’ll end the fiction discussion with a list of the outstanding books I read in addition to those mentioned above.

    * Clements, Andrew - The Losers Club.
    The protagonist starts a reading club in his middle school. I loved hearing about the books including some I had read back when.

    * Shaw Kimberly – A Handful of Spells.
    Amusing. The book relates the story of a hard-of-hearing girl, a bit in-between the worlds of the deaf and hearing and how she copes with magic school. I expect the sequel is to be out soon or so Goodreads suggests. Halloween, what a cool release date! The author is hard of hearing. Now, I need to write the version where the blind magic-worker gets to go to a magic school and handle mainstreaming issues, too. Yes, having a physical challenge – for lack of a better term – I could relate to the heroine’s struggles and even envied that magic ability a bit.

    * Douglas, Ian - Altered Starscape: Andromedan Dark, Book 1.
    This is an interesting hard sf book. Sagittarius 1A is the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. This book ends with the ship that was originally sent to reach the black hole being projected by an unknown force billions of years into the future. It ends up heading to earth, but an earth 4 billion years in the future. I liked how the author explained scientific advances that we might experience in the future including AI’s and faster-than-light (ftl) travel and aliens. I hope the second book is just as good.

    The nonfiction titles I read included one about finance, another about diet and health, several about Tudor England, and several dealing with history in general. The books below stood out for me.

    * Riley, Bronwen - The Edge of the Empire:
    A Journey to Britannia from the Heart of Rome to Hadrian’s Wall.
    It was as if I had gone back in time to the second century and had a fantastic tour guide. This format could work for 9th-century Baghdad or 11th-century Japan as well, hint, hint.

    * Goodman, Ruth - How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life
    Another book that felt like I had a tour guide. Some of the food sounded very interesting. Her explanations of how work-a-day people lived was intriguing. Clothing was very precious. There was a thriving second-hand market. Nothing was just tossed out. Most clothing was repurposed as it made its way down the social food chain.

    What have you read this month that stood out for you?

    Thank you all for taking time to read today’s posts and even past posts of mine on this tour. I hope to see some of you again in the future. Good luck to everyone who entered the drawings.

    Best

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    1. Thanks for the compliment on the blog name. 30 books in the past 7 weeks? That's awesome. What's your secret? I want to top my best reading year in 2018.

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  4. What inspired you to pursue a career in writing? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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