Coming soon: ‘Pomona A to Z,’ the book


For years, people have asked, “When are you going to do a book?” At last I have an answer: “On July 18.”

That’s the release date of “Pomona A to Z,” a collection of newspaper columns by yours truly from a decade back. Each of the 26 columns, published in 2004 and 2005, featured something unique or unusual in Pomona for each letter of the alphabet.

This book has been in the works for more than a year, but this is the first I’ve mentioned it. For one thing, I didn’t want to get my hopes up until the book was in my hands, i.e., real. Also, I’ve hesitated to beat the drum too hard by starting too early. Now that we’re close to a release date, though, it’s time you knew. (And note that you blog readers have the scoop before print readers.)

For your $20, you get the original 26 columns, and the photos, as well as a couple of related columns that rounded up the reaction. You also get introductions before each letter that update the original columns. There’s also a foreword by KPCC-FM host Steve Julian, a Pomona native, and an introduction by me. It’s a paperback, 244 pages.

All this and, at no extra charge, a dedication, front AND back covers and a copyright notice. Gosh!

Readings and signings will be announced as they’re set up, but I can tell you now that a release party is planned for the evening of July 18 in downtown Pomona (where else?). Mark your calendar.

In the meantime, here’s a press release, here’s the Amazon listing, here’s the Facebook page and here’s a blog post by Chris Nichols of LA Weekly. The publisher is Claremont-based Pelekinesis. The writer is a familiar name, but I can’t place him.

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  • calwatch

    Only 13 copies left in stock at Amazon!

    • davidallen909

      Must be selling fast for a book that’s not even out yet, ha ha. Or, more likely, there were only 13 copies to begin with.

      • calwatch

        It took a week, but it has officially sold out on Amazon. Congratulations on this achievement.

        • davidallen909

          There were 20 copies originally, I learned, so evidently we sold all 20. It was supposed to be set up for pre-orders, but wasn’t, which means 20 people lucked out and got copies two or three weeks before anyone else.

          We won’t restock until July 18, the release date.

  • John Clifford

    Congrats. See you at the release party.

    • davidallen909

      Cool. If nobody else shows up, at least I’ll have someone to talk to.

  • Lois Robbins

    David, congratulations!! I can never remember if “L” is for Little House or “L” is for Laura Ingalls Wilder, but the Laura Ingalls Wilder Room at the Pomona Public Library will live on!! I wish I could go to the release party.

    • davidallen909

      Thank you! L was for “Little House” — but I had to look that up myself.

  • Bob Terry

    Oh you little monkey, you! All this time I wanted to be your PIO, too. I told you years ago that you were the 909’s version of Dave Barry…and now you are a published author. By the way…what’s that smell…could it be Pulitzer? Ignacio would be so very proud of you.

    • davidallen909

      Not sure what that smell is. I thought it was you.

  • R.E. Nunez

    So Dave when does the movie come out? and what actor will play the part of David Allen?. Maybe the actor who had the leading roll in MAD MEN, but anyway job well done.

    • davidallen909

      With 26 letters, it will be a cast of dozens! I will be played by David Alan Grier. Soundtrack: David Allan Coe.

  • DebB

    Wow, that’s exciting – congratulations! I think I’ll still be out of town on the 18th – shoot! I’ll look forward to one of the other signings, though, and finally get a chance to say hello face to face.

    • davidallen909

      There’ll be one, maybe two, on Aug. 9. Hope to see you there, or another time. Maybe I should do an impromptu signing at Food Truck Thursdays.

  • Pamylla Mars

    Sorry to have missed the book signings, but I did get the book. LOVED it! Would’ve liked more photos, but the info is priceless. 🙂

    • davidallen909

      Glad you liked it, Pamylla.