Geek Dad Books 2 & 3 Sold to Russia

Finally, some foreign rights love for the newer books! The Russians have purchased rights to publish “The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun,” and “The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists,” on top of the already-in-the-works Russian version of “Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share.” Spasiba!

Geek Dad to be Published in the Czech Republic!

Pretty amazing, really! I received news yesterday that a publisher in the Czech Republic has offered (and we accepted) to purchase the rights to publish Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share. I’m chuffed! This is the 5th non-American language the book is being translated into. Though I do have to worry a bit. A quick Google Translate shows that “Dad” in Czech is “Tata.” Ahem…

Geek Dad Books Spotted at @powells on @boingboing!

Image by Bob Knetzger

I follow religiously, as they are a purveyor of all things cool, underground, Make-y, and more. So how delighted was I to see this image in a recent post by Mark Frauenfelder, relaying a report from Bob Knetzger about his discovery of a very Maker-friendly section of one of Powell’s bookstores in Portland? If you look closely, on the first row of the bookshelf under the line of Make Magazines, you can very clearly see a couple of my Geek Dad books! Time to do the geek dance!

It’s Book Launch Day! Follow Me Around the Country on my Radio Tour

The GeekDad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists hits the shelves today, and I’m doing a radio tour. If you live near one of the stations in the list below, tune in and hear me promote the new book!


The Geek Dad Book For Aspiring Mad Scientist RMT Schedule


Tuesday, November 1st

5:45 AM – 6:00 AM

Salisbury, MD WOCM/”Rude Awakening Bulldog Live This morning show is centered around listener interaction and features, including contests, giveaways, and celebrity guests. The show guarantees a full plate of topics to discuss.

6:05 AM – 6:30 AM

Charleston -Huntington, WV WMOV/ “1360 Live” Greg Gack Live General interest morning show.

6:35 AM – 6:45 AM

Chicago, IL WIND/”Big John and Amy John and Amy Live The show provides listeners with the latest news, weather, sports updates and entertainment reports. The host highlights all the issues affecting Chicago-area listeners, as well as national stories in the news.

6:45 AM – 6:55 AM

Pittsburgh-Indiana,PA WDAD/”Morning Show” Todd Live A locally produced morning show that features general interest talk, oldies music, news and sports updates, giveaways, and special guests. The show features interviews with local personalities from Indiana County and listener phone-ins for prizes and giveaways.

6:55 AM – 7:05 AM

Johnstown, PA WKYE/”Morning Magazine” Rick Shepard Tape This morning news show can be heard in central and westernPennsylvania. The interview will air the following day and will be replayed two other times.

7:10 AM – 7:20 AM


Cleveland, OH Wills & Snyder in the Morning Bill Willis Tape Cleveland’s most comprehensive morning program featuring interviews with the newsmakers of the day, and entertaining and informative features on a variety of topics including cyberspace, health, parenting, celebrities, the latest movies, and weird stories.

7:25 AM – 7:40 AM

Eugene, OR KPNW/” Wake Up Call” Bill Lundin Live Morning news talk show.

8:25 AM – 8:35 AM

St. Louis, MO KTRS-AM/ “The Steve Cochran Show” Steve Cochran Live Midmorning show featuring news, politics, sports, and pop culture.

11:20 AM – 11:35 AM

National Sirius XM/”Catholics Next Door” Greg and Jennifer Willits Live With a unique mix of real life and the Catholic faith, The Catholics Next Door is about marriage and kids, pop culture and the other funny stuff of everyday living. It’s about the fun side of life, with a generous dose of Catholicism thrown in for good measure.

11:40 AM – 11:50 AM

Cedar Rapids, IA KMA/”Afternoon Show” Dean Live Is a local news and talk show. This ABC Radio affiliate has a large listener base in Southwest Iowa, Northwest Missouri and Southeast Nebraska.


GeekDad Book(s) News!

I figured it was time for an overall update on the state of the GeekDad books. So much is happening with all three books, sometimes it’s hard to keep things straight. So here, in no particular order, are some tidbits:

  • Book #3, The GeekDad’s Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists, hits store shelves 11/1/11 (palindrome!). On the very same day, Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist Way comes out as well. I think we’ll have the whole geek/nerd spectrum covered.
  • Book #1 is on sale in a Spanish version and a Brazilian/Portuguese version now.
  • A Russian version of Book #1 is on its way.
  • A UK English version of Book #1 is also on its way, due in early June, 2012.
  • I’ll be at New York Comic-Con in October to support the books and GeekDad.
  • I’ll be at the Wired holiday pop-up store in New York the Saturday after Thanksgiving for a GeekDad event. There will be books.
  • I may be headed to the UK in early June, 2012 to support the launch of Book #1 there.
  • The development of the GeekDad movie progresses. We have a director attached (Thor F., of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame), and the producers are in talks with a writer who may have a solid story outline for us soon.

More news as it hit the wires. But all-in-all, a very exciting time!

Take a Step to the Right

Just a note from the webmaster (who is also the author): I’ve just successfully moved, along with a number of my other domains and sites, consolidating multiple domain hosts and web hosts into just a two-shop setup ( for the domains and for the web hosting). I believe I have earned my web-geek merit badge today. However, some things may still be broken around here, even as I streamline the site. For example, the Twitter widget in the corner is successful about 50% of the time. I’ve also abandoned the forums (no time to monitor them, and both the folks who were going to play admin for me had to move on to other things). All pertinent comments and questions will need to be asked in the comments to the book pages (accessed from the sidebar), or emailed directly to me.

Still, I’m really happy I got this done. W00t!

Welcome to All The Geeky Dads Who Got a GeekDad Book For Father’s Day!

The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun

Yes, it's finally here!

Hey everyone, welcome! Glad you stopped by, and hope you’re happy you received a copy of one or both of the GeekDad books for Father’s Day. I try to keep this book blog relatively up to date about book news. Plus, there are forums here for asking and trading information about the projects. Worse comes to worst, you can email me at the contact address.


If you don’t already, I’ll also welcome you to take a look at, the site I edit and publish over at Wired. It’s for geeky parents of all kinds. You may also want to see, for the very same reasons. Cheers!