Posts Tagged ‘In the Third Decade’

Thanks for the New York welcome

May 17, 2011

Hong Kong On Air coverSincerest appreciation to all who helped make the New York event for Hong Kong On Air at BookCulture on May 6 a success.

Special thanks to all who attended. Literary figures in the crowd included Leonard Levitt, author of police blog NYPDConfidential.com and NYPD Confidential, the book; Tracy Quan, author of Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl and Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl; and In the Third Decade blogger Silver Erieann.

See photos of the event on the Muhammad Cohen Facebook page.

Special thanks to BookCulture and its staff for graciously hosting the event. BookCulture is a fabulous independent bookstore that caters to Columbia University and the surrounding community’s varied needs. (A chamber music group followed Hong Kong On Air.) Perhaps the good news in the Borders bankruptcy is that there’s room for independent bookstores in the marketplace.

BookCulture also carries media significance: it’s down the block from Tom’s Restaurant, used as the exterior shot for Monk’s Diner in Seinfeld. However, Tom’s was first made famous by my friend Jami Bernard for its bent – not grilled – cheese sandwiches. We chose Mel’s Burger Bar for the after-party.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, financial crisis, and cheap lingerie.

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Self-publishing still second best

October 26, 2010

My writing career took off after I started publishing my own newsletter (gasp!) 25 years ago. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to get other people to publish my work. So I know both sides of the self-publishing debate.

In the Third Decade blogger Silver Erieann didn’t know all of that – and I hadn’t thought it through – when she asked for my thoughts on conventional versus self-publishing recently. Her blog is refreshingly irreverent, even if your third decade is nothing but a fuzzy memory.

Silver Erieann is also a fan of my novel of Hong Kong On Air, now available in US bookstores. The orange alert remains in effect: I’ll burn this book unless you buy it.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, financial crisis, and cheap lingerie.


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