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Local Author at Visible Voice Books 

When: Fri., June 8 2012
Phone: 216-961-0084
Price: Free
Clevelander Tom Bell was just minding his own business back in 2001: drinking, dating, and putting the final touches on his Flying Monkey Pub in Tremont. Then, he fell in love. Before he knew it, he was married; weirder still — at the ripe old age of 45 — he became a dad. Yes, it did freak him out. But six years and three kids later, he’s rebounding nicely. “No one ever told me what it was like,” Bell marvels. “Kids are a pain in the ass. But they are also interesting, intense, and they do something to make you laugh every day. That’s the thing I found most surprising: these invasive little creatures are so much fun!” For Bell, a long-time writer, that revelation cried out for a memoir: His self-published book, My Dad is a Freak, came out earlier this spring. “I tried to write down everything that has been unwritten about fatherhood: the joys, the miseries. I wanted to filter the experience through the lens of my long bachelorhood, and bring a brand new perspective to an old subject. Plus, I was fueled by the tons of material the kids gave me!” The result is a warm, funny, and frequently non-PC depiction of middle-aged, middle-class fatherhood: part Homer Simpson, part Dave Barry, and part Peter Pan. Just in time for Fathers Day, Bell will be sharing his stories — and selling his book — at Tremont’s Visible Voice Books, where you’ll also find an Artwalk-related exhibition, and mountain music from the Front Porch band. “It may be a three-ring circus,” Bell cautions. “But the more the merrier.”

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