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October 21 is "Springfield Appreciation Day".

NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 19, 1998--

HarperPerennial Publishers releases the new title

THE SIMPSONS GUIDE TO SPRINGFIELD by Matt Groening

On October 21, townships, cities, town, even boroughs named "Springfield" across the nation will be saluted by HarperPerennial publishers as "Springfield Appreciation Day" is declared and fans of the longest running prime-time animated television series in history will be able to get their hands on the ultimate vacation guide: The Simpsons Guide to Springfield (HarperPerennial; on-sale October 21, 1998), by creator Matt Groening.

Written for the millions of die-hard Simpsons fans whose hunger for obscure facts about their favorite show knows no bounds, THE SIMPSONS GUIDE TO SPRINGFIELD is a hilarious A-Z tour of America's most underappreciated city. With reviews of dozens of stores and restaurants, a guide to attractions, and essays by Springfield natives, THE SIMPSONS GUIDE TO SPRINGFIELD celebrates a place "replete with things to see while standing behind some sort of a fence" as only an Are We There Yet? guide can. Among the thrills that await visitors to Springfield and its radioactive environs:

-- Gawk at the awe-inspiring Springfield Gorge and Dumping Grounds;

-- Shop at swanky South Street Squidport;

-- Savor oil-soaked delights at The Frying Dutchman;

-- Catch the Krusty the Clown show at Krustylu Studios;

-- Inhale the burning fumes at Springfield Tire Yard;

-- Run with the rabid monkeys at the Springfield Pamplona;

-- Mingle with locals on Jell-O Keg Day at Bloaters pub;

-- Hunker down for the night at The Happy Earwig Motel:

-- and much, much more!

Divided into seven chapters -- Attractions, Lodgings, Dining, Nightlife, Shopping, Annual Events, and Survival Guide -- The Simpsons Guide to Springfield abounds with facts and trivia not found in any Simpsons episode. In special sidebars "What's Right With Springfield", local residents share their favorite things to do, from cruising the bulk-mustard aisle of the Monstromart for pathetic men, to getting a free spinal alignment on the floor of Moe's Tavern. For the truly curious, "Springfield Artifacts" showcase the town's historical treasures (the Gummi Venus De Milo, the Burns Bullet) and answer such burning questions as, "Whatever happened to the final panel of Radioactive Man no. 1 comic?" (It's part of a Springfield bird nest), and, "Where is the Trillion Dollar Bill?" (Ask Fidel Castro).

ABOUT THE CREATOR

Author/cartoonist/executive producer Matt Groening made television history in 1987 by bringing animation to prime time, creating America's most adored family. In syndication since September 1993 and now entering its 10th season, The Simpsons has been honored with a Peabody Award, 15 Emmys, three Genesis Awards and three Environmental Media Awards, among others. Audience enthusiasm has spawned such best-selling books as THE SIMPSONS: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family and Bart Simpson's Guide to Life. Prior to unleashing Homer, Marge, Bart and Maggie on the world, Groening was the creator of the popular "Life in Hell" comic strip and books, which he still publishes today. A native of Portland, Oregon, Groening lives with his family in Los Angeles.

The Simpsons Guide to Springfield

by Matt Groening

HarperPerennial

On-sale October 21, 1998

$12.95

ISBN: 0-06-095282-2
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