Book Signing at Jane Addams Book Shop in Champaign


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Book Signing at Jane Addams Book Shop in Champaign

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Ago 31, 2010, 10:48am

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John M. McNamara will be signing copies of his debut novel, A Life Without Grace, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Jane Addams Book Shop in Champaign, Illinois on November 6, 2010. A Life Without Grace, dissects a tense few days in the life of Grayson Eilers, a successful baby-boomer. Grayson, a freelance speechwriter, receives an urgent message from his sister that their mother has suffered a severe heart attack. She is alive, but her condition remains critical. For more than three decades, Grayson has compartmentalized his life, distancing himself physically and emotionally from the modest origins that his mother, his sister and his two brothers represent, while dedicating himself to his new family: his wife and two children. After a terse conversation with his sister, Grayson, feeling angry and helpless, accepts the inevitable: returning to Omaha to confront family members with whom he has never shared any commonality. He arrives in Omaha on the eve of a spring snowstorm that delays the arrival of his wife and his two children, leaving Grayson isolated to cope with the cascade of both predictable and unexpected emotions inherent in his stressful reunion with his estranged family.

His short stories have been published in Crosscurrents, Old Hickory Review, the Piedmont Literary Review, the Minotaur, Snapdragon, Four Quarters, FlashFiction, Quick Fiction, Bear River Review and Inside Running. In the summer of 1999, he was awarded a professional artist residency at the OxBow Summer Arts Program for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Saugatuck, Michigan, during which portions of A Life Without Grace were written.

A Life Without Grace is available on

Editado: Ago 31, 2010, 1:38pm

Unsolicited advice:

Probably better to post the full text of this message (which is self-promotion) in the Hobnob group, and if anything, just a cross-post without details in the Chicagoans group. Though even the cross-post could be against the TOS, best to read up on that.

The key issue for me is the wording (third-person): your post makes it sound as though dinga1949 and John McNamara are different people. Different personages, or personae, is quite possible, but the two are not different people -- it smacks of deception, willful or not.

Set 1, 2010, 11:02am

My apologies. I am both dinga1949 and John M. McNamara and I appreciate the advice.

Set 1, 2010, 12:44pm

No sweat! And I appreciate the apology, my sense is the confusion was unintentional but the site and LTers generally take spam seriously, so it's good to be transparent. That was a major impetus for creating the Hobnob group.

Good luck with the signing, as I mentioned in another thread, the book sounds interesting.

Set 1, 2010, 1:23pm

A bit of a trek from Chicago, just for the signing.

I must say, though, that I used to go to Champaign once or twice a year for professional meetings (since changed to Springfield), and would always stop in at Jane Addams. I'm glad to know that they are still around - always a worry with independent book shops these days.