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June 9, 2014 / jrintels

Keswick Farm Tour — June 14

Now five years old, the Keswick Farm Tour has become one of the most fun events around Charlottesville.  The Tour benefits the Grace Episcopal Church, a beautiful 19th Century landmark, and features not only tours of farms and properties rarely open to the public, but also live music, hunting and sheep dog demonstrations, food trucks, a county fair, pony rides, and an antique auto show. I’ll be showing my Corvair at the auto show, signing LIfemobile, and generally yakking and goofing off. It’s a great time, and I hope you’ll support the Grace Church by taking the tour, and stop by the auto show to say hello. More details on the Keswick Farm Tour are here.

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March 21, 2014 / jrintels

Classic Car Corral, Sale and Swap — April 19, Fredericksburg, VA

The Classic Car Corral and Swap at the Classic Car Center in Fredericksburg, VA is a fun, don’t miss event for classic car buffs in DC, MD, and VA.  Lots of cars, lots of parts vendors, lots of friends — and me!  I’ll be selling and signing Lifemobile there.  The event is free, until you buy something!, and takes place on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. I hope to see you there!

Classic Car Center
3591 Lee Hill Drive, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408

Directions are here.

November 11, 2013 / jrintels

Charlottesville, Keswick VA Lifemobile Signing – And Meet Santa!

Yay!  A signing event in my hometown of beautiful downtown Keswick, VA.  Along with 60 other authors, in an event co-sponsored by the Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville, I’ll be signing Lifemobile on Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 74 next to In Vino Veritas at the intersection of Rts. 250 and 22. Directions are here.

A special treat: have your photo taken with Santa Claus between 1 and 3 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

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And here’s a cool video about the event:

October 3, 2013 / jrintels

My Son’s Birthday

My son’s happy 23rd birthday was this week, and we celebrated by going out to dinner in our newly repainted 1965 Corvair convertible.  Readers of Lifemobile may be shocked by this, but he chose not to go to the McDonald’s drive-thru window, and instead opted for the fine dining and haute cuisine of Applebee’s.  His gastronomical palate is maturing and expanding, I guess.  However, he did have the Chicken Tenders platter — no surprise if you’ve read the book.

When we were done, we returned to the Corvair in the parking lot, where three people were buzzing around it.  True to the book, a long and delightful conversation ensued where we all swapped Corvair stories.  I once believed everyone in America was four degrees away from a Corvair.  Now, I think it’s more like two degrees.

Happy Birthday, Son!

August 16, 2013 / jrintels

Charlottesville Central Library, Sept 5, 7pm

I’m honored to be invited to speak about — and sign — Lifemobile at the Jefferson – Madison Regional Library, Central Branch, in Charlottesville on Thursday, September 5, at 7pm, as part of their Regional Authors series. This is the downtown Charlottesville Main Library. I hope to see many friends there, including you.  Directions are here.

August 4, 2013 / jrintels

Nominated for 2013 Library of VA Literary Award

John Grisham, Tom Wolfe, Rita Mae Brown, and I (for Lifemobile) are nominated for the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award in the Fiction category. Along with about forty other fine fiction writers who happen to be Virginians. I can’t say I like my chances to win, but it’s certainly nice to be nominated.  Thanks!
July 23, 2013 / jrintels

Corvair Convention in Kalamazoo

What a wonderful time I had at the 2013 Corvair Society of America’s International Convention in Kalamazoo, MI on July 19-20.  We had a lively discussion about the book, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Corvairs, and then I met a lot of friends who had already purchased Lifemobile and wanted to share their reactions or say Hello.  The comments I got — I’m still blushing several days later.  One of the highlights came when the Convention moved on Saturday to the Gilmore Car Museum, a wonderful collection of classic and rare cars set in barn buildings.  There, among dozens of immaculately restored Corvairs, I again met a lot of old Corvair friends and made new ones.  One of the highlights was being interviewed by prolific YouTuber, “Corvairwild.”  Here it is: