Earlier this week I got my first glance at the design of the book. It is quite exciting to see it coming together. Copy edits were finalized and today they started transferring the text into the designed pages.
On my last day of reviewing the copy edits I received an email from a past student of Toole’s. She gave me the phone number of a woman who knew him. I had a lovely conversation with her. Although she did not know Toole very well, he went to several parties at her apartment in the French Quarter in 1967. Luckily, I included some of her memories in the manuscipt, which echoed many of the other stories about him I have documented.
We have also been working hard on the photo insert. It is shaping up quite nicely. I gave Joe Sanford a sneak peak at it and he commented: “Wonderful–It is a most beautiful photo essay of Ken’s life.”
Proofs will be coming next week. After that there is one last chance for any corrections and then we are off to print.