A Summer Playlist

As we head into the July 4th weekend, what better time to create a summer playlist? (Besides a month ago.)

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The Mingle Returns June 10th

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Text your drinking buddies and send your good socks to the dry cleaners: THE MINGLE is back.

Jason Diamond and I are bringing the “party for no reason” to the Bell House, which we’re hoping is big enough to handle the crowd. (Mingle veterans will remember we hit capacity at the Tribeca Grand after fifteen minutes.)

There will be drink specials, excellent music, and even better people.

The Mingle
The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Near the 4th Ave-9th St stop on F/G/R)
RSVP on Facebook

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See You at Indie Bookstore Day

We all know how great Record Store Day is, right? Well, Independent Bookstore Day is going to be just like that, but with fewer bearded guys talking about Built to Spill*.

I’ll be at Greenlight’s Photo Booth at 2:00pm. Come say hello! We can compare our book hauls. I have my eye on The Monkey Wrench Gang and NYRB Classics’ The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll.

Indie Bookstore Day at Greenlight


*Just kidding! There will be the exact same amount of bearded guys talking about Built to Spill.

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Thanks for the Successful Launch!

Last night’s party at Greenlight was a blast. It’s thrilling and a bit humbling to see so many friends come out to support Conversation Sparks.

Here’s a roundup of the night’s festivities. Cupcakes courtesy of my wife, the amazing Summer Smith!

The small talk is free! The wine is also free.

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I never get bored with @chapmanchapman #otherkindsofsparks

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#omg @chapmanchapman made a book! 🔵🍰🎉 #celebration

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ugh, get it together, ups! remember how to have a conversation again with the amazing new book by @chapmanchapman #sparkyourself

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Want a signed copy? Order through Greenlight! Simply make a note in the online checkout page. I’ll even personalize it–one of the benefits of working two blocks from the bookstore.

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It’s Publication Day!

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It’s publication day for Conversation Sparks! I started my tumblr because I missed drawing by hand. (I swear it wasn’t the narcissism of repeatedly drawing a cartoon self-portrait.) 37 micron pens, 350 pages, and two rounds of fact-checking later, it’s a real book! With 50% new facts! …Or 52%, I’m bad at counting.

A few gems you’ll find in its pages:

  • Cat urine glows under a blacklight.
  • Women have shorter tongues than men.
  • Every day, 16% of searches are ones Google has never seen before.
  • Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president born in a hospital.

If you’d like to get a copy, please purchase one at your local indie bookstore. And if you’d like me to write my chickenscratch of a signature in your book, come on out to St. Paul’s Subtext Books tonight (April 7th) or Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore on the 15th.

And finally, a huge thank you to Wynn, Albee, Neil, & April at Chronicle and Rachel at Tumblr!

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Two Things for Your #SXSW Monday, Maybe? Why Not?

sxsw-interactive-logoFriends! If you’re down in Austin for South by Southwest Interactive, I’m speaking on a panel with my colleagues Iris Blasi and Jeff Umbro. We’ll be discussing book publishing’s new revenue streams, the unheralded (and essential) parts of the industry, and what writers can do in 2015 for success in 2016, 2017…

Disrupting Innovation: Book Publishing and New Media
5-6pm, Hyatt Regency Austin Texas Ballroom 2-3
208 Barton Springs Rd

And! Thanks to the excellent folks at Chronicle Books, I’m signing copies of Conversation Sparks:

Book Signing, Before the Book Even Comes Out
3:20-3:40pm, Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St, Level 4, just outside of Ballroom G

Words cannot express my terror at this book signing. I’m bringing my sketchpad to distract myself from the sounds of crickets sure to accompany the empty line.

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Let’s Throw a Party

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The best parts about finishing Conversation Sparks? Realizing I could plan the launch party. Mark your calendars! This will be a hybrid trivia contest, scavenger hunt, literary mingle, and straight-up party.

Conversation Sparks: Wine, Writers’ Secrets, & the World’s Best Small Talk
Wednesday, April 15th, 7:30pm at Greenlight Bookstore

I’m transforming the bookstore into a social puzzle with trivia, secrets, and prizes hidden among the stacks. (The wine will out in the open.) There will be surprises throughout the night, all ensuring you will leave 8% more interesting and armed with the best conversation starters in the entire world.

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And if you’re thinking, “Ryan, I want to pre-order your book before it arrives on April 7th. What should I do?” Glad you asked. I recommend calling your local indie and pre-ordering it through them. (If you have Amazon gift cards, here’s their link.)

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