Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quick update

I got a book deal for the nonfiction story collection I’ve been working on for the past few years. Don’t want to go into too much detail now (a few things are still being finalized), but it looks like the book will be published in the fall. More details to follow – hopefully soon.

Also, the Shine a Light outreach continues to have success. In a year or so of work in the tunnels, HELP of Southern Nevada has housed about 40 people and helped turn around their lives. (I don’t recognize some of my old friends … out here in the light, back to their normal weight, all cleaned up and decked out in ironed clothes.) Special thanks to Rich Penksa, Macheo Willis and Louis Lacey of HELP, who’ve been fixtures in the tunnels since the outreach launched.

Finally, Beneath the Neon continues to have some life. The first quarter of 2010 was its best-selling quarter to date. (The book’s been out three years). Thanks to everyone who bought the book and helped spread the word.

2 comments:

Hawaiianmark said...

My own copy is well worn now; it has been passed to many a Vegas visitor here to enlightened those of us who see your home as a playground, neglecting to see what lies 'beneath'. It will always bee a rgret of ours to not meet up with you at your downtown book signing a few years back, we had to exit Vegas prematurely due to a family disaster of small proportions.

I am proud to see my small purchase helped to increase sales of a great read, and excellent photographic journey.

I never see Vegas the same now, and I mean that in the best possible way.

Aloha, and best wishes in your future writings/endeavors.

Mark

Matthew said...

hawaiianmark,

thanks for the kind words. hope things are well with you and your family and that we, somehow, get to meet, someday. sincerely.