Jonathan Canter, A Crapshooter's Companion
Before venturing out to Encore, venture into the
Book Fair to meet Jonathan Canter, author of
A Crapshooter’s Companion. Jonathan will be signing copies and chatting with customers on Saturday, July 13th, 2-4pm.
Come on in and say hello!
About the book:
A Crapshooter’s Companion, by Jonathan Canter, is a funny, entertaining, and thought-provoking account of the author’s lifetime experience with craps. The author, a retired Boston lawyer who has known quite a few “seven outs” in his day, loves his craps, and loves the flow and roll of the game. He does not promote a winning system (he says there is no winning system). Rather, his focus is on the drama of the game, the emotional investment of the players in the game, the essential moment in the game when the dice are in the air and all players pray loudly and madly for a positive result. The author expounds on the premonitions and superstitions, the cowboy roots, the rules of etiquette, the karma battles between “do’s” and “don’ts,” and other quirky bits of craps culture. He likes his arguments with pit bosses (the author is an agitator). He recognizes the risk and downside of the game. He carries the reader into philosophical, historical and psychological digressions. He tells lots of jokes.
The author lives in Boston, and regularly visits New England casinos to continue his craps education. But he says, from the heart, “there is no craps like Vegas craps…” Several of his chapters revel in Vegas craps, especially at the old Desert Inn, at The Wynn, and up and down the Strip, with side trips Downtown.
The author has written on legal and business matters. His humorous novel, Lucky Leonardo (Sourcebooks, 2004), has many loyal fans. In his youth (which is long-passed), he was an editor and humor writer on The Harvard Lampoon. The author, who says he is not a degenerate gambler, also plays poker and ponies.