VIRTUAL AUTHOR EVENT // Spike Carlson - A Walk Around the Block

Due to the COVID-19 this will now be a virtual event held on Zoom.

Join Napa Bookmine on Monday, November 16th at 6:00PM PDT for a virtual author hour with Spike Carlsen to discuss his forthcoming book A Walk Around the Block (out on October 20th, 2020). Spike will be interviewed by our very own Bookmine co-owner, Eric Hagyard.

This is a VIRTUAL event and will take place on Zoom. You must RSVP to attend. Email to RSVP.

This is a free event. If you are able, a donation of $5 is suggested to help us cover costs. To donate click here.

To help us offset costs, you can also pre-order Spike's book here.


A simple walk around the block set journalist Spike Carlsen, bestselling author of A Splintered History of Wood, off to investigate everything he could about everything we take for granted in our normal life—from manhole covers and recycling bins to bike lanes and stoplights.

In this celebration of the seemingly mundane, Carlsen opens our eyes to the engineering marvels, human stories, and natural wonders right outside our front door. He guides us through the surprising allure of sewers, the intricacies of power plants, the extraordinary path of an everyday letter, and the genius of recycling centers—all the while revealing that this awesome world isn’t just a spectator sport.

Engaging as it is endearing, A Walk Around the Block will change the way you see things in your everyday life. Join Carlsen as he strolls through the trash museum of New York City, explores the quirky world of squirrels, pigeons, and roadkill, and shows us how understanding stoplights, bike lanes, and fine art of walking can add years to our lives. In the end, he brings a sense of wonder into your average walk around the block, wherever you are. Guaranteed. 



Spike Carlsen is an editor, carpenter, woodworker, and author of the award-winning A Splintered History of Wood: Belt Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers and Baseball Bats, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Midwest Connections bookseller pick . A former executive editor of Family Handyman magazine, Carlsen has written for Men's Health, Popular Woodworking, Make, and many other publications. 




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A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day (And Know Nothing About) By Spike Carlsen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062954756
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Published: HarperOne - October 20th, 2020

“Carlsen sees a world of wonder hiding in plain sight and may just change how you look at the world around you.” - TODAY Show