I just got off the phone with my first interviewer, Buddy Early, the editor of the gay sports monthly, Compete. Our call was scheduled for 1pm, so when the phone rang at 12:59, I almost picked up with, “You’re Early, Buddy.” But he probably gets enough of that. In any case, the interview went well and presumably will be included in his review of the book in the May issue.
In other news, a few weeks ago our first review, a very favorable one, came in from the Financial Times of London. We don’t as yet have a British publisher, and the review was over a month early, but still it was very nice to get. Peter Aspden called Splendor a “vivid account,” “a gripping read,” “lively and scrupulous.”
There’s a very nice mention also in the “Buzz” column on Inside Tennis‘s website. In fact, the writer took the column’s title—”The Fine Membrane Between Anticipation and Fulfillment”—from the book’s opening paragraph.
In coming weeks I’ll be making appearances on public radio’s “The World,” a Boston cable show, “The Literati Scene,” and another public-radio show, “Writer’s Voice“. See my Events page for more details.
Finally, the New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal have confirmed that they will be reviewing Splendor (though they don’t say when or by whom). Also keep an eye out for a full-page ad in the May issue of Harper’s, and online ads on tennisweek.com and Harpers.org.