Last month, I told you I would be able to show you the cover for my newest book, “Common Grounds: 30 Coffee Shop Essays from the Corner Table” soon. Well, here it is!
I’m so excited about this book. A number of you have asked me what it is about, so here goes – it’s about the common human experience I captured as I visited 30 coffee shops. I believe many of us visit coffee shops to feel less alone – this is the spirit in which this book was born.
You’ll read about a shy man who works up the courage to flirt with a barista in the most awkward of ways; an elderly man who tells a group of friends about someone who took the time to comfort him after his dad died many years ago; a woman who introduces herself to me as she politicks for votes on a singing competition website; a father who understands every word of gibberish his young son utters; an elderly couple who contemplates Richard Pryor’s role in race relations; and much more.
I’m probably two to three weeks away from finishing the first draft. I plan to send it to an editor by February 1, and hopefully release the book by March 1.
This will be my first self-publishing endeavor. And the cover was paid for by the people who are supporting my work over on Patreon.com. Many thanks to all who were involved.