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Costco Connection Profiles David Perkins

January 27, 2011

Costco Connection magazine

The February issue of The Costco Connection magazine is now being mailed to all Costco members, and is available in Costco stores nationwide. This issue includes a profile of David Perkins by Costco reporter Steve Fisher on the inside back cover, and discusses how he came to write and publish the book, Dear Austin ~ A Letter To My Son. The February issue is also available online, but you may view the inside back cover by clicking on the photo to the left.

 

Dear Austin now has a Facebook page.

November 16, 2010

David M. Perkins, and Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son, can now be found on Facebook. We'd appreciate you clicking the link below, and clicking the “Like” button on our page. The more followers we have on Facebook, the faster our message gets spread. Thanks for your help.

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David M. Perkins to be Interviewed on KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio

September 1, 2010

David M. Perkins, author of Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son, will be a guest on AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio. The topic of discussion will be – parents who have difficulty letting go when their kids go off to college.

The in-studio interview is scheduled for Tuesday morning, September 7, 2010 at 10:30am Pacific time, and is expected to run for the half-hour segment. Mr. Perkins will be appearing along with a representative from a local university.

The interview will be broadcast live, but the program is also available to be streamed or downloaded from the internet at the station’s website at http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/.

Boston Radio Interview Scheduled for September 4

David M. Perkins, author of Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son, has been invited to be a guest on The Jordan Rich Show on WBZ 1030 News Radio in Boston. The interview is scheduled to take place on Friday, September 18, 2010 at 10:30pm Pacific / Saturday, September 19 at 1:30am Eastern.

If you're not in the Northeastern part of the United States, you can still hear the interview live, on the internet, at WBZ's website. If you're an early-to-bed kind of person, you may choose to wait a day or two until the interview is posted to Jordan Rich's blog. We hope to make the interview available on this site as soon as it is available to post here.

Recent Media Coverage

Recent Media Coverage

The Jordan Rich Show – WBZ 1030
CBS News Radio Boston –
June 18, 2011

Jordan Rich

Jordan Rich

David made an encore appearance on The Jordan Rich Show on June 18, 2011, in honor of Father's Day.

The discussion was about all things “fatherhood” as well as David's book, Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son. Calls were taken from the listening audience in what was about a 45 minute interview. Click the “Listen Now” button below to hear the segment on this site. It will also soon be available on the WBZ website at The Jordan Rich Show.

Click to Listen Now

The Azle News

Dear Austin …

Letter from Azle dad to his son strikes a
chord with parents all over the country

by Carolea Hassard

An impromptu letter from an Azle native to his college-bound son has taken on a life of its own, touching – and reassuring – hundreds of parents across the country.

As David Perkins, a 1967 graduate of Azle High School, was seeing his son Austin off to college he suddenly realized that he might not get another chance to impart fatherly advice like he had over the last 18 years. So he wrote a letter and left it where Austin would find it.

The letter was fairly long – it takes about 10 or 15 minutes to read – but it also summed up pretty much everything everyone wants their kids to know before they fly the nest.

It gave Perkins a sense of closure, so when he noticed his good friend also having trouble coming to terms with her son going off to college, he passed it on to her.

“I gave it to her and said, ‘I don't think this will make you feel all better, but it may help you be happy for him,'” Perkins said.

His friend was so impressed she suggested Perkins publish it as a book.

Read entire posted article here
See the scanned article here

The Jordan Rich Show – WBZ 1030
CBS News Radio Boston

David Perkins was interviewed by Boston radio host Jordan Rich, by telephone, on his show on Sunday morning, September 19, 2010.

The discussion was about the difficulty in letting go when a child leaves home for college, as well as David's book, Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son. Click the “Listen Now” button below to hear the segment on this site. It will also soon be available on the WBZ website at The Jordan Rich Show.

Click to Listen Now

AirTalk – KPCC 89.3
Southern California Public Radio

David M. Perkins, author of Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son, was an in-studio guest on AirTalk with Larry Mantle along with Barbara J. Avery, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Sitting in for Larry Mantle, as guest host, was David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times.

The discussion centered on “velcro” parents who can't let go when their kids leave for college, and it aired live on September 7, 2010. Click below to listen to the 17:30 segment on this site. The entire two hour show is available from the AirTalk link above.

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Review from DCMetroreader
Washington, DC

“Dear Austin is one of those rare books that both parents and young adults will appreciate. The prose is sparse, but penetrating and straightforward. In fact, I re-read a few of the passages because I wanted to reflect further on them.

Dear Austin is easily digested in one sitting, but will be savored long after finishing the last page. In this slim book Perkins has managed to distill the essence of a fulfilling life.

I wish Dear Austin had been around when my son left for college. I highly recommend it to other parents in similar transitional periods!”

The entire review is available at DCMetroreader

Media Contact Information

Media Contact Information

To contact David M. Perkins regarding Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son, or to request an interview or a review copy of the book, please use the Contact page on this site, or the contact information below. If using the Contact page on this site, please include the words Media Request in the subject line.

Interviews and Personal Appearances –

David M. Perkins is a frequent speaker at parent, teacher, and student groups at high schools, churches, community centers and other venues. His message explores the potential minefield that often materializes in the 12 to 24 months leading up to a child leaving home, and how parents and young adult children can successfully navigate this crossroads with minimum emotional upheaval.

David is available for book signings, personal appearances, and special events. If you're interested in having him address your PTA, PTSA, SAS, or other parent/teacher/student organization, please use the Contact form on this site.

If requesting an interview, please be as specific as possible about time, place, and publication or media affiliation.

Review Copies –

We are happy to provide review copies of the book to bonafide reviewers, as well as members of the print and broadcast media. When requesting review copies, please include mailing address, email address, phone number, and your media affiliation. We will not send review copies if your affiliation cannot be confirmed.

Media Information and Press Kit –

  • Data Sheet detail sheet about Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son with specs on the book, and a short bio of the author. (aka the Sell Sheet)
  • About the Author a color photo and short bio of David M. Perkins, author of Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son
  • Press Releases recent press releases regarding Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son
  • Testimonials a small sampling of readers' feedback for Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son
  • Press Kit all of the above materials collected in a single .zip archive.
    (1 MB)
  • Cover Art The front and back covers of Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son in .jpg format. Not included in the Press Kit due to file size (7.85MB)

Contact Information –

David M. Perkins
c/o Tejasca Publishing
18543 Devonshire Street
Suite 469
Northridge, California 91324
(818) 521-1967
david (at) davidmperkins (dot) com

Online Reviews

Online Reviews of

Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son

The following is a list of online book reviews that we are aware of. If you've discovered one that we have not included on this page, please let us know by dropping us a note from the Contact page on this site. Thank you.

We hope you enjoy reading what bloggers and online reviewers have to say about Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son.

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