Wednesday, September 21, 2016
I think I see a pattern.
Former BJ columnist David Giffels and his wife paid $65,000 for a 1913 Tudor house with six fireplaces, spent 12 years bringing it back to life and he wrote a book about it, “All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House,” for Scribner publishing house.
For three years Dave and his father, Tom Giffels, have been building a casket together. Naturally, he submitted a book manuscript to Scribner about it.
Scribner is pretty fancy company for David. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway were there before David.
“If this sounds like one of those ‘It's a long story’ deals, you're right. Today, I submitted the book manuscript to my editor at Scribner. Spoiler alert: It's not exactly a book about a coffin.”
In previous books, Dave turned others’ turmoil into a book, “The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt,” which documented the exodus of Firestone, Goodyear and Goodrich factories to places with cheaper labor, and turned an area of financially comfortable, working-class families into a Rust Belt.
Giffels is an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron. He took a 2008 buyout from the BJ when four centuries of experience walked out the door on the same day.
David and wife Gina have two children, Evan and Lia.