This is funny stuff. Okay, I am off to a California book signing at Auto Books – Aero Books in Burbank but the book is sold out, a second printing won’t be available until June, and as a result the store does not have copies available and it is to late to change the circulated press releases. I also have a signing next week and the week after as well with promotion well under way.
In a valiant effort to keep orders flowing, the publisher provided a beautiful promotional post card for Ghost Towns of the Southwest I can use at these signings where two previous titles, Backroads of Arizona and Route 66 Backroads, are being substituted. My name is misspelled on the front of the post card even though I just finished my sixth book for this publishing house.
The book signing in Burbank was initially set for April 24th but a conflicting schedule resulted in a change to May 1st. The opening of the Bob Waldmire Memorial Exhibit in Kingman that features our photography as background opens May 1st.
Jay Leno called two weeks ago as I had notified him, as per a previous conversation, that we would be in Burbank. He was planning on visiting the book store – on the 24th. The weekend of May 1st he will be out of town.
Next Friday, I will be signing books at the gallery as the featured author for the monthly First Friday event. The book being promoted in press releases is Ghost Towns of the Southwest.
Om May 3rd, I am scheduled to talk with a reporter with BBC America. The topic will be ghost towns and my new book on this topic.
Jay Leno called on February 1st to discuss the possibility of an interview about The Big Book of Car Culture for the book club section of his website. As the book has had lackluster sales in spite of being awarded the bronze medal at the International Media Awards, the publisher decided to forgo a second printing – on January 31st.
For most folks this would be a maddening turn of events. In the world of Jim Hinckley it is situation normal.
Recent events in Arizona and our nation further enhance my sense that I have walked in during the middle of a French movie with Japanese subtitles. I have some serious reservations about the new Arizona immigration law but am I the only one that finds it surreal to see iillegal aliens protesting an immigration bill with support from elected officials that swore to uphold the constitution?  
Long ago I learned that a sense of humor is key to growing old without growing bitter. It would seem that in the coming months I will have ample opportunity for seeing just how well the lesson was learned.

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