Central Vermont Radio Interview, 19 June 2008

June 18th, 2008 Posted in Events | No Comments »

Merry Gangemi of WGDR, Plainfield, Vermont, will interview me at 4:45 on June 19, 2008.

Seeing London from a “Growler” Cab, 1855

June 11th, 2008 Posted in Magic Lantern | No Comments »

A Clarence carriage or "growler" cab, London, mid-1800s 

In July of 1855, the James family arrived in London, and William James and Henry James, just entering their teens, saw the city from the driving seat of this kind of contraption.

“When the Jameses forged out into the city, they wouldn’t have hailed a trim two-wheeled hansom cab but instead the roomier Clarence carriage.  A ‘growler,’ the Jameses found, was an unwieldy vehicle that at the best of times qualified as a rollover waiting to happen.  Top-heavy, it tended to list dangerously if trunks were lashed to the roof.  Even without such such burdens, the interior was cramped, with Henry, Mary, Kate, and the three youngest children stuffed inside a nearly windowless compartment . . .  Growlers could get them places, but these lumbering vehicles didn’t offer the famous open views that hansom cabs did.

“But thirteen year-old William and twelve-year-old Harry, perched up beside the lanterns and next to the driver, had a ‘coign of vantage,’ as Harry remembered it.  Their four-wheeler rumbled forth, and the two young teenagers saw London ‘for the first time since [their] babyhood.’  Vast, imperial vistas opened up before them–squares, mansions, banks, hotels–all of them spiced by the boys’ life-threatening seats beside a London cabby.”

(c) Paul Fisher 2008 – All Rights Reserved.

Palm Springs, California Radio Interview, 18 June 2008

June 6th, 2008 Posted in Events | No Comments »

I will be appearing on the Bulldog Bill Feingold Show on KNews Radio AM970, Palm Springs, on Wednesday, 18 June, 2008, from 7:15-8pm local time.

Philadelphia Area Radio Interview, 15 June 2008

June 6th, 2008 Posted in Events | No Comments »

I will be talking about House of Wits with Peter Solomon on WIP, Philadelphia, at 7am on Sunday, June 15, 2008, from 7-8am.

Hartford, Connecticut Area Appearances, 22 June 2006

June 6th, 2008 Posted in Events | No Comments »

I will be speaking at the Noah Webster Library, West Hartford Public Library, at 200 S. Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut, on Sunday, June 22, 2008, from 2-3pm.

A book signing at the adjacent Barnes & Noble, next door to the library, will take place at about 3pm.

Harvard Coop Reading Rescheduled for Wednesday, 2 July at 7pm

June 6th, 2008 Posted in Events | No Comments »

The reading at the Harvard Cooperative Society in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at 7pm.  See you there. 

U.K. Publication Date: 7 July 2008

May 31st, 2008 Posted in Events | No Comments »

The official release date for the U.K. edition will be July 7, 2008.  Please see the Little, Brown UK website for details: http://www.littlebrown.co.uk/Title/9780316726573

Official Publication Date: 10 June 2008

May 27th, 2008 Posted in Events | No Comments »

The official publication date for House of Wits is June 10, 2008.  Rumor has it that copies of the book are already available in some bookstores in New York City.