JOHN YOUNG'S Newsletter, November-December 2021


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Welcome to the November/December Newsletter for John Young, Writer.  Click on the link above to see the photos.


Books Make Great Gifts

Some of my favorite books came as Holiday gifts from friends and family. What a great way to spend long winter nights, escaping into a book, steeping in an author’s language, letting your imagination create the details.
Short stories are a nice way to read between holiday events too. As one reviewer said: Most of the stories in this collection can be read over lunch.
For those who want something a bit longer, don’t forget my novel: WHEN THE COIN IS IN THE AIR is still available from Amazon or your local bookstore. Or you can still by a signed copy directly from me.

What a Blast Four Readings in Four Weeks

It was a blast to have four readings in four great places in four weeks. I still hope to read in Indianapolis and Chicago, but many places have closed down in-person readings again.
Here’s a quick rundown of the reading tour:
  1. Oct. 14 at Morgenstern’s Books in Bloomington, Indiana. This beautiful new bookstore and café is sure to become a Bloomington classic. The ownership group and sales staff are a warm and welcoming gang. Morgenstern’s put the reading on Facebook Live for another dozen listeners.                                           
  2. Oct. 23 at Roebling Point Bookstore and Café in Covington, Kentucky. I love this bookstore in the historic neighborhood. I followed authors Jennifer Mooney and Byron McCauley who read from and discussed their book Hope Interrupted. It’s a snapshot of America in letters between two friends following George Floyd’s murder.
  3. Oct. 28 I was back at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati, the region’s largest independent bookstore, and another favorite of mine. Proud and honored to read there again. Bonus gratitude points to a nice crowd who braved heavy rains to attend the reading.
  4. Nov. 3 at the Beverly Public Library in Beverly, MA. This was a heartwarming homecoming after we lived there for 20 years. Covid protocols dictated a plastic face shield (or was it to block flying fruit?), but the reading went well, and it was great fun to see so many old friends.

Order a Signed Gift Copy.

You can order a signed copy of Fire in the Field and Other Stories from me, and I’m happy to personalize it for a gift. They cost $17. That works out to $1.06 per story! Such a deal! 

My novel, WHEN THE COIN IS IN THE AIR is available at the reduced price of $15 for the holidays (normally $19.95).

Payment accepted via Venmo, Paypal, credit card, etc.. Order by emailing me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bookstores—including Amazon and your local independent bookstore—are now selling the book too.  

Happy holidays to everyone, and thank you for your support.


The Wyoming Holiday Sale:

This year, I participated in the Holiday Sale with other local artists here in Wyoming, Ohio at the Civic Center—Dec. 4th 10:00-3:00. I signed both books for people. It was a fun event, nice to see local friends and neighbors. 

How You Can Help:

If you’ve read Fire in the Field and Other Stories or WHEN THE COIN IS IN THE AIR, please tell other people about it. And please add a review to Amazon or Goodreads.
Your review need not be complex or long, but reviews really help because the recommendation algorithm at Amazon makes more recommendations with more reviews. 


Last Word from a Reader:
As always, I like to give a reader the last word. I appreciate every reader more than you can imagine and welcome your thoughts. Thank you all. 

This comes from Daniel Brown, critic and editor of AEQAI, who sadly died this autumn:

“Young writes with an exceptional clarity and deep sympathy for his characters; it’d be easy to mistake his clarity for ease of craft. The emotional range of the stories is very large, including real tragedy, epiphanies large and small, humor.”
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