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Browsing Archive: September, 2010

To kindle or not to kindle?

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, September 24, 2010,
As a reader, I am not ready to make the switch to ebooks.  I have an emotional attachment to books, to the thing itself.  I wrote about that attachment last year.  New books, like a brand-new automobile before the first ding, pristine, with that new car smell and that shiny new body, practically begging you to take it out for a spin.  And old books, especially old books, worn and tattered like a favorite pair of blue jeans.

But as a writer, I have to remember that different readers like to ac...
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Banned Book Week

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, September 21, 2010,
In honor of Banned Book Week (September 25 - October 1) I am updating and reposting this blog entry from 3/31/09 -  

The world may be moving in a digital direction, but it’s obvious that we’re not quite ready to give up the intimate relationship with our books.  Trulyepic summed it up nicely – “Curling up in the corner with a book in my hands, turning the pages and getting lost in the words - there is no other feeling like it.”  As an author, there are few things I love more than ...


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Saturday 5 am

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, September 20, 2010,
Saturday 5 a.m.and I was already in my car, heading for Harrisburg PA.  It's been nearly six years since I last had cause to go to Harrisburg.  It's a nice little town (the locals remind me it's a nice little city).  I remember an annoying drive from here to there, but at 5 in the morning, an empty road, a cool breeze, pop some blues in the CD player, and at 7:15, I'm parking my car at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

I love when I get to spend a day surrounded by books, by writers and reader...
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Where to find me

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, September 14, 2010,

Summer is gone.  Time is accelerating.  I need to catch up.

The fall book tour starts on Saturday.  I'll be exhibiting at a variety of book fairs and street festivals over the next few weeks.    

Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
I'll be exhibiting at the Capital Bookfest at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg PA.  (To find me at the Capital Bookfest, look for the Five Star Authors listing).

Saturday, September 25 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 
I'll be one of many local authors f...


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The swiniest swine

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Sunday, September 12, 2010,

I haven't thought about this for many years, but when saintvi announced her “Pirate” themed contest, it all came back to me like it was just yesterday.  I was eight at the time.  And so, I offer up this reminiscence as my entry in her contest.

As I say, I was eight.  I had, at that time, and still to this day have, no particular talents that might be useful in the musical theatre.  I can't carry a tune.  Also, I have no grasp of acting.  And so, when my third grade teacher, Mrs. Locast ann...


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