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Free DOPEFIEND giveaway at 80,000 words


My friend and fellow blogger, writer, and an all around extraordinarily great person to know, Christine Lee Zilka is holding a free giveaway of Dopefiend on her blog!

I met Christine through a comment she made on one of this blog’s posts. I followed her to her blog, 80,000 words, where I learned she had first ever story, Bile, had been published by Howard Junker in Zyzzyva (now available on the web). I added her to my Facebook profile where she turned me onto Sugar, an advice columnist on The Rumpus (then a secret identity, now known to all as the amazing Cheryl Strayed), whose columns I can no longer read at work, because they always leave me a tearful mess.

Not long ago Christine pointed out to me that the Kindle version of Dopefiend was no longer available on Amazon (a problem the publisher has since addressed) and I wrote her back, thanking her pointing out the problem, and asking for her address, so that I could send her a signed copy of the book. She said she’d be honored. I really believe it’s powerful to send out copies of the book to the really good writers who have turned me on to other really good writers or whose writing has inspired me. Christine does all of that for me.

And then she said we ought to do a giveaway. She bought her own copy of Dopefiend to give away. It makes perfect sense. I’m so excited. I have no explanation for why I haven’t done my own giveaway sooner. Probably because I needed to watch Christine in action on her blog. She’s done a lot of giveaways and it shows in the thoughtful the Dopefiend giveaway post she created for this event. I hope you’ll visit her blog. I hope you win a copy of DOPEFIEND. Know that even if you don’t win this time, I’m going to do a few more giveaways of my own later this summer. I really like the idea of giving a few books away.

If you go to Christine’s blog, I can promise you an absolutely adorable picture of a Wiener Dog named Scarlet reading DOPEFIEND! Scarlet actually looks very intent on what she’s reading. I imagine she must be at one of the good parts.

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Tim Elhajj @ Unity on Union Bookstore in Seattle


I’m going to appear in Seattle later this week at Unity on Union Bookstore, a really fabulous space in the central district. If you’ve never been there, you should come. I went down to see Carol Latimer, the owner, and fell in love with the store—big open spaces, gleaming hardwood floors, and just a really friendly vibe. I’m going to read from the book and sign copies. It’s going to be catered. I know Holly is baking treats.

Where: 2420 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122

When: Saturday, March 10, 6 pm to 8 pm.

Unity on Union Bookstore
Unity on Union Bookstore
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Tim Elhajj @ Redmond Association of the Spoken Word


I’m going to appear at RASP later this month to read from Dopefiend and sign books. I’d love it you came over and said hello. I’ll have a bunch of books and the readings usually include a little Q&A at the end.

Where: Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, Room 105
When: Friday, February 24, 2012, 7 P.M. (and the last Friday of every month)

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Tim Elhajj to Guest Lecturer @ University of Washington

I’ve been asked to return to Theo Nestor’s memoir class at the UW! I’m so excited.

October 25, University of Washington

I think you have to be part of the class to attend, so I won’t list the building and time.

I studied with Theo a few years ago and have sat down to discuss my book and my journal on her blog.

The last time I visited Theo’s class, I came away so jazzed about memoir. That class was mostly students my age, who all have jobs or families, and everyone is showing up late at night to get their memoir written. It’s a very satisfying, creative space and I look forward to enjoying all that good writer energy.

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Tim Elhajj @ Northwest Bookfest, Kirkland, Washington

I’m appearing at Northwest Bookfest, Seattle’s celebration of books, authors and readers. Join me for a panel on memoir. I’m pleased to appear along with Richard LeMieux, Brenda Peterson,  Chuck Randall,  and Ed Lincoln.

Sunday, October 2, 2011
1:00pm – 2:00pm

352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033

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KidLitCon in Seattle!

I’m attending KidLitCon in Seattle next weekend, Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Hotel Monaco.

I’m not presenting anything, but I’m excited because a lot of good friends and great people are going to be there, including Holly Huckeba, my favorite Kid Lit girl by far. Looks like an interesting line up of events.

If you’re there, please say hi.

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