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Browning Books owner Peggy Browning holds a copy of "Rock Catapult" during the author's recent book signing at the Wichita Falls, Texas bookstore.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – As many readers probably now know, Red Dirt Report has been on semi-hiatus since February 2018, allowing for me, your humble editor, to focus more on family and writing a book, which I hope to have out later this year, tentatively title The Stilwell Enigma.

And since my first book, Rock Catapult: 1966 – The Launch of Modern Rock & Roll, was published independently through West Marie Media, we created a website – RockCatapult.com – as an online site where the book can be purchased.

Since it was finally published in November 2018, I began taking online orders while also arranging to have Rock Catapult placed in bookstores and libraries. I had a fun book signing at Full Circle Bookstore, here in Oklahoma City, back in December, and another book signing at Browning Books in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Andrew Griffin and "Rock Catapult" reader Jason Walley at Full Circle Bookstore in December 2018. (Marie Mentesana / Red Dirt Report)

That latter bookstore, Browning Books, is a new bookstore in downtown Wichita Falls at 703 10th Street. It faces the shady street and is connected to an antique/consignment shop in the rear.

Peggy Browning, a writer and editor, formerly contributed to Red Dirt Report when she was based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and is now back in more familiar territory in Wichita Falls, selling new and used books, with an emphasis on local and regional authors. I even got to meet a couple of the authors who came by the store during my book signing.

And while the turnout was modest for a Saturday afternoon, it was getting to talk to people – and getting to know people – that really made the book signing experience so worthwhile. And Peggy was so helpful in promoting the book signing (via her Wichita Falls Times news site) event and offering snacks and drinks to folks who came in her store. She even highlighted Peter Tork of The Monkees, in a display, as he had passed away a few days earlier and is featured in Rock Catapult in my chapter on The Monkees. It was all very thoughtful and pleasant.

Yes, it is tough promoting a book on your own. But I knew that going into it. I have always loved to write and I love the written word. 

Now, if I can just finish the new book I'm working on. 

Photos also by Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report

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Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information. read more

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