On February 16 of last year, an essay I wrote was published in the Los Angeles Times as that week's installment of "L.A. Affairs":
I had written music reviews as a stringer for the local Burbank and Glendale newspapers when I was a teenager, and it was a valuable experience, but appearing in the Los Angeles Times was a thrill.
The Times has just announced the forthcoming publication of a hardcover book featuring "the editors’ favorite selections of true stories from 'L.A. Affairs' highlighting nightmare dates, love at first sight, heartbreak and happily ever afters in Southern California." And I'm even more thrilled than before to let you know that my column has been chosen for inclusion in the book. Wow, my words in an honest-to-goodness hardbound book. Maybe this writing thing is going to work out after all.
The book will ship beginning February 4, but orders placed by January 31 will qualify for a $10.00 discount:
With taxes and shipping charges, the total cost comes to about $30.00.
I'm biased, of course, but this sounds like the perfect holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for virgin on your shopping list.