big weed

'Big Weed' in the New York Times

Incredibly, I missed this the other day. My co-author Christian Hageseth did a Q&A with the travel section of the New York Times, talking about his upcoming marijuana Colorado “weedery.” As he describes it in our book, Big Weed, a “weedery” is like a brewery or winery, except for legal marijuana.

From the article:

Wineries and breweries should brace themselves for some unusual competition. Colorado, which legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012, will get its first “weedery” in early 2016.

The $35 million project, Green Man Cannabis Ranch and Amphitheater, the brainchild of Christian Hageseth, is set to open in Denver. Its greenhouses represent a major shift because producers have largely cultivated marijuana indoors; there will also be a performance space, a restaurant, a rooftop bar, a gift shop and, of course, a marijuana dispensary.

Green Man on the Road

My co-author Christian Hageseth is on the road this week, promoting our book, Big Weed: An Entrepreneur's High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business (Palgrave/Macmillan). (Learn more and order the book here.)

The book has already gotten some serious love from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews (which tends to hate everything) and Vanity Fair, of all places.

Mr. Hageseth is in NYC tonight, getting ready for a day of print and TV interviews tomorrow. His schedule in the coming week is as follows:

Monday April 20th– New York City
Live, in-studio interviews:
WNYC “Brian Lehrer Show” – 11:20am EST
FOX Business “Varney & Company” – 11:55am EST


Tuesday April 21st – Seattle
Live, in-studio interview:
KING 5 – 9:15am PT
Panel event and book signing, with author Bruce Barcott: Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. Seattle, WA 98101, 7:30pm PT
(This will be a 40-minute panel discussion between Christian and Bruce, followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. Moderator is Dominic Corva, Executive Director of Cannabis and Social Policy.)

    Big Weed  gets a mention in the "Hot Type" column in  Vanity Fair.

 

Big Weed gets a mention in the "Hot Type" column in Vanity Fair.


Wednesday April 22nd – San Francisco
Live, in-studio interview: KGO 810AM Ronn Owens Radio – 11:00am PT
Talk, Q&A and book signing: The Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, 12:00pm PT
Talk, Q&A and book signing: Book Passage, Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, 6:00pm PT


Thursday April 23rd – Portland
Talk, Q&A and book signing: Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside Street, Portland, OR, 7:30pm PT
(Christian will speak about the book for about 30 minutes, followed by questions from the audience and a book signing.)


Tuesday April 28th – Boulder
Talk, Q&A and book signing: Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302, 7:30pm MT
(Christian will speak about the book for about 30 minutes, followed by questions from the audience and a book signing.)


Wednesday April 29th – Denver
Talk, Q&A and book signing: Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax Ave., Denver, CO, 7:00pm MT
(Christian will speak about the book for about 30 minutes, followed by questions from the audience and a book signing.)

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In addition to these appearances, Mr. Hageseth will appear with me at Malaprop's Bookstore on May 22, 7 PM. Believe it or not, it will be the first time we've ever met in person. We wrote the book entirely via phone and computer.

In the coming weeks, I'll probably blog about this book as it garners some more media attention.

But I hope to be back tomorrow with some cool news about one of my books.

Letter From Home

A quick update on a couple of things:

* Big Weed, the marijuana book I ghosted, landed two sweet reviews this week, one from Publishers Weekly, the other from Kirkus. The PW review is a starred review, which is quite nice. The author is happy, so are the publishers. The book is out in April.

* I'm driving home Friday to interview mystery writer Jamie Mason this Friday at our local bookstore, Malaprop's, for the launch of Mason’s second book, Monday’s Lie. I liked her first book, Three Graves Full, but Monday’s Lie is something special. The main character was raised by a mom who was a covert ops asset, and who taught her a variety of cool skills. Years later, Mom’s long gone, and our protag must call upon those skills to confront something terrible that’s cropped up in her life. Mason has a beautiful way with the language. A true stylist. If you’re in town, I hope you’ll come check out our “In Conversation With.”

* I just put up a new website. I hope you’ll stop by to look it over, and more importantly, shoot me a note if you spot any embarrassing bugs. From now on, my blog posts will originate at the new site, and be pushed out to Tumblr and Twitter. If you’re already following me on Tumblr, there’s no need to migrate over. The pushes are nearly instantaneous.

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Thanks for the kind response to my last post. Yes, our family is still hunkered down in Denise’s mom’s condo, acting as her daily caregivers. I don’t think this little apartment was made for five adults and a dog, but we’re determined to wait out this disease to its inevitable, sad conclusion. We are grateful for the friends who’ve stopped by to cheer us (and mom) up. We’ve left up the Christmas tree, thinking it makes nice touch to see those lights from time to time. But since the the holiday season is long gone, it’s a little hard to use that annual break as an excuse for procrastinating on our work. So we’ve staked out the corners of the condo that feel quiet enough to work, and started plugging away again. The nearby university has a great library; we escaped there for a few hours this week and it was awesome. Hope to go again if we can manage it.

As this horror progresses, I’ve been reminded of one of the doctors I once profiled. His story is told in the The Scientist and the Sociopath, but you can read it free here. The doc became closer with his mom following the death of his father and other family members, all in a single year, when he was a child. I was touched that the doc trusted me enough to report how he felt back then:

The mother did not know, and the boy did not tell her, that at night in his bed he bargained with God. He had attended five funerals in little more than a year, and they had terrified him. Over the graves of his loved ones he learned the words of the Lord’s Prayer for the first time. At night, he prayed: Please, God, don’t let my mom die. Please don’t take her from me.

His prayers were answered. She lived long and prospered. When she died four years ago at the age of sixty-nine, she was a wealthy woman. When she took sick with lung cancer, he gave her the greatest gift he could. He shut down his practice and cared for her 24/7 for the last seven months of her life. “It was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” he says.

Pre-Order: Big Weed

I ghosted a business memoir this year that is already up for pre-order on  Amazon ,  BN ,  iBookstore , and  Kobo . Among other things, it’s story of a Colorado businessman who dreams of building a state-of-the-art tourist destination in the foothills of the Rockies devoted to the glory of (legal) marijuana—and makes that dream come true. He shares the story of how he got into this burgeoning field, his company’s ups and downs, and insights that can be applied to almost any other business.  I’ve written about a half dozen books for business guys, in their voices, but Mr. Hageseth is the first to permit me to share a byline with him. You can see the gorgeous plans of his upcoming “weedery”—which I’d describe as being like a brew ery , win ery , mead ery , or cid ery , only with marijuana— at this website . The $25 million-dollar facility is currently under construction.  Palgrave/Macmillan pubs the book April 20, 2015, a date that has special significance for cannabis lovers. What’s my special contribution to this project?  Sneaking into the text this H.P. Lovecraft reference .   Please note:  If you would prefer to pre-order through an independent bookstore, please hold off buying. I should have info about signed indie pre-orders soon. In any case, keep a receipt of your purchase. There is likely to be some type of intoxicating giveaway looming in the future.

I ghosted a business memoir this year that is already up for pre-order on Amazon, BN, iBookstore, and Kobo. Among other things, it’s story of a Colorado businessman who dreams of building a state-of-the-art tourist destination in the foothills of the Rockies devoted to the glory of (legal) marijuana—and makes that dream come true. He shares the story of how he got into this burgeoning field, his company’s ups and downs, and insights that can be applied to almost any other business.

I’ve written about a half dozen books for business guys, in their voices, but Mr. Hageseth is the first to permit me to share a byline with him. You can see the gorgeous plans of his upcoming “weedery”—which I’d describe as being like a brewery, winery, meadery, or cidery, only with marijuana—at this website. The $25 million-dollar facility is currently under construction.

Palgrave/Macmillan pubs the book April 20, 2015, a date that has special significance for cannabis lovers. What’s my special contribution to this project? Sneaking into the text this H.P. Lovecraft reference.

Please note: If you would prefer to pre-order through an independent bookstore, please hold off buying. I should have info about signed indie pre-orders soon. In any case, keep a receipt of your purchase. There is likely to be some type of intoxicating giveaway looming in the future.