Ups & Downs Named Indie Book Award Finalist

This week, we found out that Ups & Downs was a finalist in the Travel/Travel Guide category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards! Although they’ve already announced the winner (and it wasn’t us), we’re excited to be among the 5 best books in this category!

As a reminder, Ups & Downs is currently a finalist for the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award. The winners will be announced at Book Expo America on May 25th.

May 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

New Excerpt Posted

We’ve posted a new excerpt. In this one, Don immortally insults his future daughter-in-law, and the gang passes through “two sucky places.”

Grosse What?

April 21, 2010 at 12:07 am Leave a comment

Ups & Downs is a Foreword Book of the Year Award Finalist!

Today, Foreword Reviews announced the finalists for their annual Book of the Year Awards, and Ups & Downs by Don & David Kassin Fried made the list!

First, second, and third place winners in each category will be announced in New York City at Book Expo America on May 25th, along with  two Editor’s Choice Prizes of $1,500 each. Ups & Downs is among 8 finalists in the Travel Essays category.

March 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

New Excerpt Added

We know, it’s been a long time, but we have a new excerpt added. Spending the night in the base station of a ski lift was quite conducive to paranoia – especially with all the stories David had grown up hearing about the Swiss Ski Lift Police. Then, in the morning, we encountered the universe’s most ineffective alien takeover attempt.

Read “Lizard Love” here.

March 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Articles on Premieres of Don’s Plays

There were fantastic articles on the premieres of Postville and Shakespeare Incorporated this past weekend:  Friday in the Longmont Times Call and Sunday in the Boulder Camera.

February 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Don’s Play “The Code” Live on Boulder TV

“The Code,” the first of the 5 short plays in Don’s Senior Moments, will be performed live on Boulder’s Channel 54 Community Television, Wednesday, January 27th, at 7 pm.  After the play, they’ll be interviewing him.  You can watch the program live at, or view it later from the archives.

January 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Review of U&D in Courier Newspaper

The October issue of the Left Hand Valley Courier newspaper, serving Longmont and Niwot, Colorado, has a review of Ups & Downs.

Reviewer Donna Currie says, “The reader laughs with them, at them, and then laughs some more … How such a mismatched father-and-son team could make it through several countries on foot without one of them tumbling down a mountainside is a wonder.  But make it they did, with some good stories to tell.”

October 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

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