Back in 1999, Raleigh resident Tim Anderson quit his jobs—all three of them—and moved to Japan to teach English. The trip was intended as a life-altering experience, one that would shake him from his rut and also yield the raw material of fiction and memoir-writing. He landed an agent on the strength of the manuscript that would become Tune In Tokyo, his account of his years in Japan, but was unable to find a publisher. He turned to self-publishing, signing on with CreateSpace, which allowed him to design the book for less than $400. In an interview about the experience, Anderson told Publishers Weekly, "I eventually decided, 'What the hell, screw the gatekeepers. I'll do it myself'... Self-publishing is a great way for authors to take the bull by the horns."
Anderson describes his comic recollections of life in Japan as a "gay, left-handed, diabetic travel memoir." Tonight he'll celebrate the book's launch among old friends and new readers. The event begins at 9 p.m. and will feature Japanese food and kamikazes at the bar. There's a Facebook page for this event with more information (search for "Tune in Tokyo Reading at Humble Pie"). —David Fellerath