Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Soon I Will Be Invincible

Wow, it's been a long time since I've updated. Sorry about that.

My friend Austin Grossman has written his first book, a novel called Soon I Will Be Invincible (here's the site). It's superhero fiction with self-awareness; it's thoughtful but also funny, very entertaining, and a fast read. Well, at least, the first two chapters were; I haven't gotten my hands on the full book yet.

He has some reading & signing dates up already and it looks like he'll be in Austin on June 20th reading at BookPeople. Show up! I'm certainly going to. It should be fun; Austin's witty and hilarious.

One particular evening that sticks out in my mind: A handful of us, including Austin and myself, were at the New World Cafe, this vegan restaurant in Oakland, and I got caught up, curious about their various foods and how they managed to prepare them vegan.

I wasn't trying to hassle the waitress but I think it came off that way.

"How do you make the Thai iced tea?" I asked.
"Oh, we use soymilk for that."
"The puddings are vegan, too?" I swear I was just asking out of curiosity.
"Yes, they're thickened with agar."
"How about the Vietnamese coffee?" One of my friends rolled her eyes.
"Oh, the Vietnamese coffee does have sweetened condensed milk. It's the one thing on the menu that isn't vegan," she admitted.
Austin looked at me flatly. "Nice work," he quipped, dryly, "Nancy Drew."

He's a clever wit and a thoughtful, funny guy, so I expect no less from his first book. I can't wait to get my copy!

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Austin said...

Thanks Brian! I'm only in-city for 19 hours, but I hope some Austinites will be around to hang out after the reading. I will never get tired of the word "Austinites."

May 31, 2007 10:38 AM  

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