SUNDAY MAY 5TH – OVERMAN WALKS INTO A BAR

AMERICAN JEWISH UNIVERSITY – 5600 Mulholland Dr.  Los Angeles, CA 90077

(310) 476-9777
Game Change

Wine and Cheese Reception and Book Signing: A Guy Walked Into A Bar..

#13SD7J05   By: Bruce Ferber, David Javerbaum, David Misch, Dan Zevin.
Dates: May 5, 2013 Time: Sunday  4:00pm Tuition: $10

With humorists Bruce Ferber, David Javerbaum, David Misch, and Dan Zevin.

 

OVERMAN AT LA TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS + PARTY! 4/20/13

I will be signing copies of Elevating Overman from 2-2:30 at the Rare Bird Lit booth.

Then, at THE LAST BOOKSTORE  453 S Spring St  Los Angeles, CA 90013  (213) 488-0599

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books After Party

Rare Bird Lit, Bookforum, Granta, ZYZZYVA& Slake Media celebrate the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at The Last Bookstore, Saturday evening from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. This event is open to the public and will feature authors, drinks, performances and giveaways.

For further information, contact: events(at)lastbookstorela(dot)com

 

HOTEL REX SAN FRANCISCO — 11/10 6-8PM READING AND SIGNING!

Also part of the festivities, the celebration of two new elements being added to the Periodic Table.

1. Li – Lincecum

Date of Discovery: 2007
Discoverer: Bruce Bochy
Name Origin: From the Latin word lincecumnes (lint)
Uses: steel, batteries, starting pitching, relief pitching
Obtained From: Cape Cod Baseball League

2. Ov – Overman

Date of Discovery: 2012
Discoverer: Bruce Ferber
Name Origin: From the Latin word overmaniaculus (insane)
Uses: steel, batteries, comedy
Obtained From: Saul and Irma Overman

SHAME ACROSS AMERICA: ELEVATING OVERMAN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2012!!!

LOOKING TO HIRE: RESPONSIBLE, HYGIENIC EMPLOYEE TO REMOVE GREEN M&M’S FROM MY DRESSING ROOM.

The tour bus is getting customized and the roadies are psyched. You heard it right. The author of “Elevating Overman” is preparing to speak at a town near you, providing you live somewhere near Denver, Rochester, Boca Raton or Los Angeles — with more venues to follow. Specifics are being kept under wraps for fear of massive ticket scalping, but rest assured, the powers that be are doing everything they can to make sure regular people get to attend. I can pretty much guarantee you that Jack Nicholson will not be monopolizing the front row seats at the Rochester JCC. Full disclosure: I hear Dyan Cannon is circling Boca.

Novel now available in Portly short, Extra Long, Cadet

ELEVATING OVERMAN salutes a giant in the world of self-promotion, Eddie Nalbandian of the late, great men’s haberdashery, Zachary All — seeing his low prices, customers always asked “Eddie, are you kidding?” which inspired the Frank Zappa song of the same name.

Similarly, readers are AMAZED by how beautifully the “Cadet” version of this novel fits them.  No, I’m not kidding.

ZEN AND THE ART OF SELF-PROMOTION

People who don’t write are fascinated by the process.  They imagine our work to be a joyful, transcendent experience that fills us with satisfaction because we are not shuffling papers in an insurance office.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.  If one had to find a phrase that best encapsulates the creative process, it would be “self-loathing.”  Any artist worth his salt hates himself as he fills the blank page.  “How dare I think I’m producing anything new or worthy?  “Who do I think I’m kidding, telling people I’m a writer?”  “Hey, I’ll bet I’d make a decent term life salesman.”  These are some of the demons we fight as we struggle to fill the blank page.  But then, miraculously, we get to the finish line, and we are suddenly ecstatic.  Even if we hate what we wrote, the inarguable fact that we completed the task is cause for celebration.  And who knows?   Despite how unworthy we felt during the process, the work might have actually turned out well.

We beat up on ourselves for a couple of reasons:  One, we are aways judging our creation against the excellent work of others, and two, with every word we write we expose a piece of who we are.   Vulnerability comes at a price, on the page, as in life.  The new twist is that despite having exposed and tortured ourselves, once we finish, we are expected to be our own cheerleaders, marketing and selling our newborn babies to the world.   Cheerleading is antithetical to everything for which a writer stands.  Those of us in movies and television gladly pay agents and managers ten percent, not simply to get us work, but to say “Bruce Ferber is a great writer,” as opposed to Bruce Ferber having to say “I’m a great writer, you’ve got to read my book.”   But Bruce Ferber, like the rest of you, now lives in a DIY world, which, truth be told, has its upsides.  In exchange for having to gag as I tell people how funny and interesting my book is, I am free from eager executive-speak like “We desperately want to be in the Bruce Ferber business,” followed by “We decided to go another way.”

Buy my book.  It’s fucking great.