Time for an update on what’s out there regarding my work-child——possibly the last before the onslaught of actual fatherhood.

Most importantly, Jason Epstein showers some late love on HH and its main subject, the complicated King Roger.

I distilled some lessons for writers based on Hothouse for Poets & Writers. It’s print-only, alas, but it boils down to: Be a diva when you have to be, but never a snob.

Just in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair, its trade paper Publishing Perspectives runs a very nice piece on the book from journalist Dylan Foley, who introduced me to a great neighborhood coffee/lunch spot, Lincoln Station, in the process of interviewing me.

I gave The Week my six favorite books–at least those pertaining to mid-century America and/or publishing.

I had a wonderfully freewheeling conversation with Lewis Frumkes, a beloved local interviewer of authors and artists–albeit a bit laid back, hence the lack of a link to his latest show on WPAT-AM, where I’m said to be featured. Stay tuned!

My reading at the Half King on September 9 went well I think; the three-cheese mac-n-cheese was a highlight as always. But catch me at the Brooklyn Book Festival next Sunday, where I’ll be talking with Janet Groth, onetime longtime New Yorker employee and author of The Receptionist, a memoir of her time there that might even make Roger Straus blush. Titled “Publish and Perish?”, it’ll be moderated by insightful publishing reporter Motoko Rich at 3 p.m. on September 22 at the Brooklyn Historical Society Library, 128 Pierrepont Street.

Future events will take me to Hartford, Boston, Savannah, and a small class of impressionable journalism students at the New School, but only after a month or more of pure, unadulterated baby time, which I’m very much looking forward to. (No time for Twitter, I’ll be happy to say.) Until then, read the book!