Congratulations Paula! (and reluctant self- promotion)

Friend of the blog Paula Young Lee, writer and hunter, traveler, sometime resident of Paris France, Paris Maine, and Wellesley Mass, has won the Gold Medal for travel book from the Society of American Travel Writers  for her book Deer Hunting in Paris. I bet it could as easily win one for hunting book, or food book, or even tangentially for a sort of Po- Mo criticism.

The judges said: “”Eudora Welty, who believes all good writing must have it, speaks of the sound of a voice. And what a voice here! Resonant with images and descriptions, detailed observation and reporting, it soars — from a coot recipe to church suppers. Paula Young Lee saw a lot of the latter because her father, who came to this country from Korea with her mother after the war, served as a Methodist minister in various small town churches in Maine. Growing up there instilled in her a love of hunting, a match for her interest in cooking.”

Paula has complimented me by agreeing to do an intro for the new, third edition of my book of essays On The Edge of the Wild. As she is the only one doing an intro that I have not met, I was a mix of eager and scared. Suffice it to say I need not have worried! With Vadim Gorbatov on the cover, with its third Goshawk portrait (in this one the Gos catches a Pied crow in the snow outside Vadim’s Moscow apartment building), it will be an attractive package.


I have recently been persuaded that if I am going to write books I must sell them, and I haven’t been;  people of my age and background have a horror of calling explicit attention to themselves; somebody else should do it. But there is no budget for promoting books that are not expected to have a shot at the NYT Best Seller List.

I am not sure if I even want to show you the figures for my “book of books”, the so- called Sportsman’s Library; enough for now to say its sale numbers are a LOT lower than the number of hits I get every day on this blog. I assume nobody but old friends knows exactly what I write, even if they read the blog.  How would they?  Apparently, I have to add my new editions to my Amazon page!

I had decided already that the five backlist titles would be graced with new covers by artists I knew and liked (well, and one with a photo by me), and intros by people younger, smarter, and more famous than I, not to mention generous…

 So far so good, and much more to come! Expect backstories, excerpts, tales about artists and publishers good and bad; even guest appearances, to convince you not only to buy all my books for yourselves and for birthdays, but to buy ten of each for Christmas. You are warned!

Back Again/ Things to Sell #1

I think I finally got delinked from Facebook– users please tell me if this shows up there!

I have some fun & informative things to share but am also trying to install and learn dictation software as though exercise strengthens my body nothing much helps dexterity and typos make me nuts!

So first, a few things to sell, most not for EBAY. First, a Jay Fisher knife.

I have no idea of the actual worth as he is NOT user- friendly– he explicately states he does not answer questions except about new commissions and hasn’t answered mine, which was given to me by a friend who had quarreled with him. This is a fixed blade 2 1/2 inch– his fixed blades start at $600, and I believe this went for about $800 more than ten years back. New in sheath, $450 firm.

Second, a beautiful 65 pound pull Grozer recurve Mongol type bow. The draw weight was already bothering my arthritis and is impossible now. It is fancier and has more details than the ones on his site– ten years old or so, used only for targets. His bows go about $500 now– $500 for this with many more bells and whistles, including a quiver.

I also have a Panasonic Lumix DMC- FZ50 digital camera, new in the box with all software etc (save for the lens shield which is inexplicably missing but cheap– just a ring of plastic). $250 at EBay but $200 for readers here. I need to get something less “fiddly” for my hands ( I like my brother in law’s Nikon P90 but must sell the other first!)

Last, all my remaining fly fishing stuff– two spey rods, one by Winston and one built for Russell Chatham; a cane rod owned by famed editor Angus Cameron (Jack O’Connor’s editor and the author of the LL Bean cookbook); a Sage travel rod and a little hardy Perfect (and a few less fancy reels) will soon be at Jim Adams’ Adams Angling in Berkeley– 510-849-1324. Please don’t call him yet because I must get the $$ to mail and insure them first, and I need him to evaluate them. A week or two, no more…