Savoy Bookshop & Café presents an open house book signing with Rhode Island author Bob Hocking (Life Won't Pass Me By). This event is free and open to the public.
About the Book
Drawn from material posted on the In My Backpack web site between March of 2003 and March of 2017, Life Won't Pass Me By contains forty-four essays.
Featuring "A round of tomato juice", "Snow in the moonlight" and "A Cutter", the collection shows why so much of his material has been enjoyed, debated, cherished and loved.
About the Author
Around the time Bob was six-years-old, his parents attended a meeting with his teacher. She explained to them that of all the children she had ever taught, Little Bobby was the one she would most want to be marooned on an island with because of his amazing stories. This did not shock his parents. Since that time, Bob has managed to avoid being stranded—alone or in a group—on a deserted island. However, he has: graduated from Syracuse University, been an instructor for several Red Cross courses, worked at the largest casino in the world, and in all sorts of wonderful ways repeatedly avoided utilizing his English degree and medical background. He’s also been sharing his stories. In March of 2003, Bob brought his writing efforts to the internet with his own web site, In My Backpack. (www.inmybackpack.com) Since the earliest of its days, the site has included general interest essays, sports and travel material, and captured the flavors-of-the-day with an on-going journal entry area. He has conducted hundreds of interviews, many of which have appeared on his site and in his books. Some of the people he has met and worked with on projects are Tom Colicchio, Earl Swift, Terry Fator, Jerry Springer and Emilio Estefan. Though Bob has always considered himself more of “a writer with a camera”, that hasn’t stopped him from creating a sizeable portfolio. On his web site, photo galleries exist for several entertainers, as well as a feature on the award-winning exhibition Diana: A Celebration. His photography efforts have been used by groups such as Legends in Concert and Foxwoods Resort Casino, and have also appeared in several print and on-line outlets. Bob released his seventh book, Title Town (and other tangents), in April of 2017. Life Won’t Pass Me By and Conversations are both being released in August of 2017 as part of anniversary celebrations for his web site. The first will include more than forty observational essays. The second features interviews, and includes material found only on its pages. Born and raised in Rhode Island, and a Connecticut resident for almost two decades, Bob currently lives in New York with his wife, Terry.