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Where's The Tap?

July 24, 2008 | 1 Comment

Dear Garrison,
I just picked up a copy of your new book Pontoon, and was sad to find that the Sidetrack Tap (home of the beer and a bump) was not on the map on the cover! Any reason why it was left off? Not that I need alcohol in order to read your books, mind you. I am anxious to read it anyway, as I have enjoyed your other books immensely. Also hoping we'll see you in New Hampshire sometime!

Mary Jo R.
Hartland, Vt

A terrific artist, Rodica Prato, did the cover of Pontoon who is based in New York and it is her Steinbergian view of Lake Wobegon on the cover. She read the book first and didn't find much mention of the Sidetrack Tap in it, and so she didn't paint it. Pontoon came out last fall, Mary Jo, and so I hope you didn't pay full-price. You can find used copies online for a few bucks. The new book, entitled Liberty, also with a Rodica Prato cover, comes out in a month or so. As for New Hampshire, the Prairie Home Rhubarb Tour will be there in late August, and also at the Champlain Valley Fair in Vermont. At least that is what they tell me.

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I can't believe a card-carrying English major wrote that first sentence! Surely you meant to say something like, "Rodica Prato, a terrific artist who is based in New York, did the cover ...."

Maybe you were tired when you wrote that?

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