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Are there parts of your childhood that you would like to do-over? That clumsy first kiss, the less-than-perfect prom date, forgetting to study for the S.A.T.s, the entire year leading up to them? It’s a sad fact of adulthood that we can’t return to the past to fix the consequences of a youth misspent. That is, unless you are Robin Hemley.

Hemley’s childhood made a wedgie of his memory, leaving him sore and embarrassed for over forty years. He was the most pitiful kindergartner, the least spirited summer camper and dateless for prom. In fact, there’s nary an event from his youth that couldn’t use improvement. If only he could do them all over a few decades later, with an adult’s wisdom, perspective and giant-like height.

In the spirit of cult film classics like Billy Madison and Wet Hot American Summer, in Do-Over! Hemley reencounters papier-mache, revisits his childhood home and finally attends the prom — bringing readers the thrill of recapturing a misspent youth and discovering what’s most important: simple pleasures, second chances and the forgotten joys of recess.

Robin Hemley is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on Do-Over!. He has published seven books, and his stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune and many literary magazines and anthologies. Robin received his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop; he currently directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City, IA.

Robin Hemley’s 10 Rules for a Successful Do-Over:

  1. It’s unwise to attempt certain types of do-overs, such as failed marriages and circumcisions.

  2. Attempting a do-over will not actually turn back the hands of time. You are not allowed to ask actual 16-year-olds to the prom, OK?

  3. There will be moments during your do-overs when you need to remember your age, such as in art class when all your classmates’ checkerboards look nicer than yours, suppress the urge to tell them how much more money you make than them.

  4. Bone up on your multiplication tables and quadratic equations. There WILL be tests.

  5. When playing “Zombie Death Ray” at recess, don’t worry if the rules are more fluid than you’re used to at work (where “Zombie Death Ray” goes by the name of “Office Politics”). You don’t make the rules here. A boy named Glen makes them up as he goes along.

  6. If you do-over calling someone you haven’t seen in 30 years, you might want to take things slow. The subtitle of this book is not, “How to be a Successful Stalker.”

  7. If you fail a do-over, then that’s too bad. You really ARE a loser!

  8. Sorry. Let me do-over number 7.

  9. You don’t want to be caught in a perpetual cycle of do-overs for all eternity, the point isn’t to succeed necessarily. It’s to gain perspective.

  10. Learn to let go.

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A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel

A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel

Do-Over! In Which a Forty-Eight-Year-Old Father of Three Returns to Kindergarten, Summer Camp, the Prom, and Other Embarrassments

Do-Over! In Which a Forty-Eight-Year-Old Father of Three Returns to Kindergarten, Summer Camp, the Prom, and Other Embarrassments

Turning Life into Fiction

Turning Life into Fiction

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robin Hemley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robin Hemley for your next private or corporate function.
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Robin Hemley Biography

Are there parts of your childhood that you would like to do-over? That clumsy first kiss, the less-than-perfect prom date, forgetting to study for the S.A.T.s, the entire year leading up to them? It’s a sad fact of adulthood that we can’t return to the past to fix the consequences of a youth misspent. That is, unless you are Robin Hemley.

Hemley’s childhood made a wedgie of his memory, leaving him sore and embarrassed for over forty years. He was the most pitiful kindergartner, the least spirited summer camper and dateless for prom. In fact, there’s nary an event from his youth that couldn’t use improvement. If only he could do them all over a few decades later, with an adult’s wisdom, perspective and giant-like height.

In the spirit of cult film classics like Billy Madison and Wet Hot American Summer, in Do-Over! Hemley reencounters papier-mache, revisits his childhood home and finally attends the prom — bringing readers the thrill of recapturing a misspent youth and discovering what’s most important: simple pleasures, second chances and the forgotten joys of recess.

Robin Hemley is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on Do-Over!. He has published seven books, and his stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Chicago Tribune and many literary magazines and anthologies. Robin received his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop; he currently directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City, IA.

Robin Hemley’s 10 Rules for a Successful Do-Over:

  1. It’s unwise to attempt certain types of do-overs, such as failed marriages and circumcisions.

  2. Attempting a do-over will not actually turn back the hands of time. You are not allowed to ask actual 16-year-olds to the prom, OK?

  3. There will be moments during your do-overs when you need to remember your age, such as in art class when all your classmates’ checkerboards look nicer than yours, suppress the urge to tell them how much more money you make than them.

  4. Bone up on your multiplication tables and quadratic equations. There WILL be tests.

  5. When playing “Zombie Death Ray” at recess, don’t worry if the rules are more fluid than you’re used to at work (where “Zombie Death Ray” goes by the name of “Office Politics”). You don’t make the rules here. A boy named Glen makes them up as he goes along.

  6. If you do-over calling someone you haven’t seen in 30 years, you might want to take things slow. The subtitle of this book is not, “How to be a Successful Stalker.”

  7. If you fail a do-over, then that’s too bad. You really ARE a loser!

  8. Sorry. Let me do-over number 7.

  9. You don’t want to be caught in a perpetual cycle of do-overs for all eternity, the point isn’t to succeed necessarily. It’s to gain perspective.

  10. Learn to let go.

Robin Hemley Videos

  • Robin Hemley, April 14, 2012, "Shape of the I" Reading on Vimeo
  • Robin Hemley reads short story 'Reply All' at Worlds Literature Festival

Robin Hemley Books

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  • How to book Robin Hemley?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Robin Hemley for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Robin Hemley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Robin Hemley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Robin Hemley?

    Booking fees for Robin Hemley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Robin Hemley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Robin Hemley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Robin Hemley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Robin Hemley for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Robin Hemley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Robin Hemley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Robin Hemley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Robin Hemley for your event is available upon request. Robin Hemley generally travels from Des Moines, IA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kim Stanley Robinson, Jonathan Merritt, Larry Levin, Ed Falco and Kevin Eastman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Robin Hemley for an upcoming event.

Robin Hemley Speaker Videos

  • Robin Hemley, April 14, 2012, "Shape of the I" Reading on Vimeo
    Robin Hemley reads short story 'Reply All' at Worlds Literature Festival

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