Ben Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming-of-age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. In his first book A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS (*Ballantine hardcover goes on sale July 30*), he opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.
A native of North Carolina, Folds writes that as an infant his cradle was a cardboard box, while his family's mode of transportation was a doorless convertible jeep, where a 4-month-old Ben would sit in catapult position. He discovered his love of the piano in second grade, and from there we follow his journey to becoming the musician he wanted to be.
Along the way there are great lessons - supportive music teachers pushing him, dropping out of college to start a real band (*drums were thrown into a lake at the University of Miami*). He puts it all out there, writing about the bad - a botched SNL performance where he couldn't even enjoy hanging out with Samuel L. Jackson at the after party; and the good - he and two other young men eventually forming Ben Folds Five. He paid his dues (*his polka career never quite took off*), while never giving up on his dream. A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS is as humorous as it is poignant, as observant/revelatory as it is compulsively readable.
Folds hits the road starting in late July for a cross country concert tour, featuring his book at every performance, as well as holding stand-alone book events along the way.
UPCOMING BOOK EVENTS
31 - New York, NY - The Strand @ The Cooper Union
5 - Pittsburgh, PA - White Whale Bookstore @ First Unitarian Church
7 - Winston-Salem, NC - Bookmarks @ R. J. Reynolds Auditorium
9 - Nashville, TN - Parnassus Books @ TBC
12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Literati Bookstore @ The Blind Pig
16 - Kansas City, MO - Rainy Day Books @ Unity Temple
12 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Jewish Community Center
16 - Los Angeles, CA - Book Soup @ Regent Theater DTLA
21 - Dallas, TX - Dallas Museum of Art
1 - Washington, DC - Politics & Prose @ Kennedy Center