Date: October 12th 2006

1. WHO SENT ME THIS EMAIL?

Kevin Shay.

2. WHY? HOW DO I MAKE IT STOP?

My novel THE END AS I KNOW IT is coming out in December. If you're receiving this, it's because I know you, am related to you, or have worked or corresponded with you, and I thought you might be interested in hearing about upcoming readings and other news related to the book and my writing.

I don't plan to send more than one message every couple of weeks. They'll always be plain text (no attachments, HTML, or funny noises), and I'll never share your address with anyone. But if you prefer not to get these updates, simply visit this URL at any time to unsubscribe:

http://kshay.com/ml/mail.cgi/u/kshay/

3. ABOUT THE NOVEL

THE END AS I KNOW IT: A NOVEL OF MILLENNIAL ANXIETY will be published by Doubleday on December 26, 2006. Here's a synopsis:

It's 1998. Or, as Randall Knight sees it, Y2K minus two. Randall, a twenty-five-year-old children's singer and puppeteer, has discovered the clock is ticking toward a worldwide technological cataclysm. But he may still be able to save his loved ones--if he can convince them to prepare for the looming catastrophe. That's why he's quit his job, moved into his car, and set out to sound the alarm.

THE END AS I KNOW IT follows Randall on his coast-to-coast Cassandra tour. His itinerary includes the elementary schools that have booked him as a guest performer and the friends and relatives he must awaken to the crisis. When nobody will heed his warning, Randall spirals into despair and self-destruction as he races from one futile visit to the next. At the end of his rope, he lands with a family of newly minted survivalists in rural Texas. There, he meets a woman who might help him transcend his millennial fears and build a new life out of the shards of his old one.

You can find a few more details in Random House's online catalogue:

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780385518215

4. A READING NEXT WEEK

On Thursday, October 19th, I'll be appearing at Pete's Candy Store, a splendid bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as part of their bi-weekly reading series. The event is free and begins at 7:30 PM. Also reading will be Janna Levin, author of the fascinating novel THE MADMAN DREAMS OF TURING MACHINES.

http://www.petescandystore.com/

Please come!

5. TO LEARN MORE

My new authorial online presence is currently under development, and will soon be brimming over with K. Shay-related content. It will be here:

http://www.kshay.com/

In the meantime, for an eclectic (not to say unfocused) mixture of humorous, literary, and geeky material, please visit:

http://www.staggernation.com/

Thanks,
Kevin

 

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