Thursday, March 24, 2011

Be Different is finally here




Be Different went on sale this Tuesday, and I'm on the road with a pretty grueling travel schedule to promote it. My first talk was at the Autism Society of America's Georgia conference, #ASAGA11 for those who tweet.

I've had a great reception there and from the Connecticut Society of Special Education Professionals, where I spoke Wednesday. Today, Thursday, I have the honor of speaking at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC.

So where do I go from here?

Sunday morning (March 27) and afternoon I am at the ASPEN Asperger conference at the Hilton Woodbridge Inn, in Iselin, New Jersey. The website says the conference is sold out but call them . . perhaps you can get in anyway.

Sunday evening I am in Manhattan for a GRASP event at 7PM, at 339 West 24th St, the site of the regular Manhattan GRASP meeting. Register for that here

Monday morning I'll be doing some radio shows . . . listen for me later that week on Sirius Doctor radio, and also live Monday with Brian Lehrer on New York Public Radio

Monday evening I'll be at Barnes and Noble Tribeca, 7PM

Wednesday March 30 I'll be at Elms College Library in Chicopee, MA introducing my friend Kim Stagliano who will be talking about her new book, All I Can Handle, a memoir of raising three daughters with fairly severe autism.

Thursday March 31 I hope to see some of my Boston area friends at Barnes and Noble Framingham, MA, at 7PM.

Stay tuned for more dates, as I visit more of the East, then hit Denver/Boulder, then the West coast. I'll be working in a few Canadian stops and some autism conferences, like Autism One this May.

Meanwhile, if you've read Be Different, please spread the word. Blog it, review it, and tell your friends. It's word of mouth that makes books like this a success, and for that, I need all of you.

Best wishes
John


10 comments:

cellomaven said...

I'm so excited to read your book! I just downloaded it onto my kindle and began reading immediately. Your voice comes through so clearly; it's like you're talking right to me...face to face. I love it already and I'm only 5% through! You've inspired me to start blogging and possibly write a book of my own aspergian journey. Thank you and keep writing (I hate getting to the end of your books because they're so real. I'm left craving more).

r.b. said...

Damn...I'm sorry I missed you. We aren't that far from Gwinnet, Ga. I can't afford to go to those conferences, I probably would have snuck in somehow!

I look forward to buying your book for my son. I've talked about you and your first book. You, and many people like you who write of their experiences have set the stage for understanding: for myself, my son, and for our understanding of each other ;). May your travels be safe!

Rose

jess said...

just got my copy today! can't wait to dig in!

Landon Bryce said...

It's the best book about autism I've ever read, and I've read dozens. Thank you-- it's going to change lives. Here's a link to my review:

http://thautcast.com/drupal5/content/autistic-critic-be-different-adventures-free-range-aspergian

Sandra Cormier said...

I'm incredibly happy for you, John. I'm also kicking myself for lending my 1st Edition copy of LMITE to my sister in law. I'll buy my own copy of Be Different but recommend that she buy her own!

Kevix said...

nice talk in NYC. interesting comment about your improved humor after TMS treatments.

William said...

How exciting that you are opening the eyes and minds to Aspergers and Autism. I read your book Look me in the eye and could not put it down until I was finished. I feel I may have some of these traits. Looking forward to reading Be Different. :-)

r.b. said...

I LOVE the cover. I am NOT trying to kiss up... I love it because my son loves trains, volunteers to work on the big boys (real trains) and it sets him apart. A perfect cover for him.

Anthony said...

Thank you for helping us with the positives. You keep filling in pieces of the puzzle for me. I wanted to comment on Be Different pages 3&4. I was another lone deer in the forest. There were guys who picked on me and I never knew why. Adults thought I was up to something when they noticed me moving warily or scanning places. It explains why adults were afraid of me and needed to discipline me.

Diane said...

I cannot thank you enough for your book, Look Me In The Eye. It has really helped my 13 year old son, who is also an Aspergian. He now knows Asperger's Syndrome is not a disease and he doesn't need to be cured. He is so relieved that he is not alone and someone else had similar experiences. I wanted you to know how much you are appreciated!! We will definitely read your latest book.