If you live within 500 miles of the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, you are invited—nay, commanded—to come to one of the two presentations and signings I'll be doing for Hang Fire at the Visitor Center in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on July 3 and July 6.
Attendance is mandatory. No excuses. Violators will be persecuted.
Not because I want you to buy my book and lift me out of poverty, but because you must support the Friends of the Porkies. This is a superb organization devoted to aiding the park's mission. It sponsors a Folk School open to all (I just learned how to build a wooden Shaker bench there) and a wildly successful annual Music Festival as well as a program for artists-in-residence who live and work in a rustic cabin the Friends built for the purpose. And more.
All proceeds from sales of books ($20 each) benefit the Friends, of course.
That's 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, and 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Visitor Center, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on Highway M-107 three miles west of Silver City, Michigan.
If you live in or around Chicago, that's an easy, relaxed eight-hour, 400-plus-mile drive.
Now get cracking. Don't be late. If you're a no-show, Porcupine County Sheriff Steve Martinez has already prepared a warrant for your extradition.
JULY 7: We raised more than $1,000 for the Friends of the Porkies. Thanks to all who came, even if it was under duress.