Dear Friends,

Has any Spring been harder-earned or slower to appear? I’m delighted to emerge as it does— for the paperback tour of “Local Souls.” I’m about to hit some of those cities I missed last fall.

On April 6th I will appear at the North Carolina Literary Festival in Raleigh at NC State University. At 12 PM, I am to introduce my friends, the gifted writers, Elizabeth Spencer (“Starting Over”) and Wilton Barnhardt (“Lookaway Lookaway”). At 4 PM, I’ll have an onstage conversation with the gifted young novelist, Michael Parker. His just-published work is “All I Have in This World” from Algonquin Books.

I will next appear in my old haunt, Iowa City, Iowa on April 10th-11th. The morning of the 10th I am to teach a class at the Writers’ Workshop, at Dey House on the University campus. I plan to discuss ”Character in Fiction: How is He or She Marked?” And I will consider three student stories, copies available in advance. The evening of the 11th I will read from “Local Souls” at the revered Prairie Lights Bookstore where I’m to happily answer question and sign copies.

Come Sunday April 13th, I will appear in Los Angeles on a panel (regarding fiction set in small town America) at the LA Book Fair and will sign after the event.

On May 3rd, at 7 PM, I am to read in Asheville, North Carolina at the beloved Malaprops Books. I missed Asheville on the hardback tour and lost out on seeing many friends.

Am looking forward to May 24th. I am slated to read at Park Road Books of Charlotte, NC at 2 PM. I haven’t read in Charlotte since “White People” in 1990. I look forward to seeing new readers, kinfolk and old high school pals.

With several trips and events planed through the summer, I end the season in Italy at the Festivaletteratura in Mantua. Fun fact: my first novel translates from the Italian as ” The last Confederate widow spills the beans.”

Thank you for supporting my novellas “Local Souls”. I am launched on a new work of fiction, heartened by recent reviews and continuing good wishes. Thanks for reading me alive. Yours, Allan