GRAND OBSESSION is to be published in German! Stay tuned for the publication date.


Become a fan of GRAND OBSESSION on Facebook.  There you will find photo albums illustrating several chapters of the book, including images from Austria, Braunschweig, and Mittenwald in Europe, and Beethoven's Warehouse in New York. There are also announcements of Perri's guest appearances.


GRAND OBSESSION was named one of the "Best Books of 2008" by The Washington Post.

GRAND OBSESSION was named a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.

GRAND OBSESSION was published in Italian as "Piano Solo" by Elliot Edizioni of Rome in 2009.

GRAND OBSESSION was published in Mandarin Chinese in 2010.

Perri Knize and GRAND OBSESSION were the subject of a full-page feature story on the Calendar Page of the Los Angeles Times.

GRAND OBSESSION now has FIFTY-THREE five-star reviews from readers at Amazon.

GRAND OBSESSION was released in paperback in June, 2009, and the hardcover edition is now out of print. If you would like Perri to sign a first edition hardcover for yourself or for a gift, contact Perri, or see the BUY page.



Friday, October 23rd, 2009, 7 pm, St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, 2172 Saw Mill River Road, (914) 592-7166.
Perri joined filmmaker Jarred Alterman and piano technician Marc Wienert in a celebration of the piano. Perri read and answered questions, and Jarred's film, Mott Music was shown. Marc, who inspired both GRAND OBSESSION and Jarred's film, was on hand to join in the discussion and piano party afterwards. A vintage Steinway grand was available for open mic performing.

To request a reading or appearance for your event, write to Perri.

Radio and Television Appearances

Thursday, May 8, 2008:
Perri returned to WNYC 93.9 FM, New York Public Radio's Soundcheck with host John Schaefer for a live show about passionate amateurs who return to music-making at midlife. Click on the WNYC link above to hear Perri now.

Thursday, April 24th, 2008:
KWMR Radio, Point Reyes, CA. Perri spoke with Anthony Wright about GRAND OBSESSION, piano technology, and vibration on his show Attunement. You can hear the interview on the show's website: Attunement.

Friday, April 18th, from 3:00 to 4:00 PDT:
KOMO-TV, Channel 4, Washington state. Perri talked about GRAND OBSESSION with hosts Natasha Curry and Kent Phillips on Northwest Afternoon. Check your local listings. A video will be available soon.

Friday, April 18th, from 12:40 to 1:00 pm PDT:rong>
KRCB, 90.9 and 91.1 FM, Sonoma County Public Radio, Santa Rosa, Ca. Perri spoke with pianist and host Charles Sepos on his program Curtain Call. The show was heard via streaming audio at KRCB Public Radio. An MP3 of the show will be available soon.

Sunday, March 23rd, from 11:46 to 11:59 am MDT:
Perri appeared on The Write Question, conversations with Western authors, on KUFM, Montana Public Radio. Listen to this broadcast online now.

Wednesday, February 6, 2:25 pm EST:
Perri appeared live on Soundcheck with host John Schaefer on WNYC 93.9 FM, New York Public Radio, to talk about GRAND OBSESSION. Listen to this broadcast online now.

Monday, February 4, from 3 to 3:30 pm PST:
Perri appeared live on Cover to Cover with host Denny Smithson and pianist Sarah Cahill on KPFA Radio 94.1 FM in the San Francisco Bay listening area. Listen to this broadcast online now.


Choose from the following selections to see photos and video of some past GRAND OBSESSION events:


Autumn 2008


Friday, October 17th, 2008, 7:30 pm, School of Music Recital Hall, University of Montana.
Perri joined the faculty and friends of the School of Music for a piano extravaganza: Pianissimo! a fundraiser to support the maintenance of the school's pianos. More than a dozen pianists took to the stage to play crowd pleasers in two to twelve-hand combinations. Perri read from GRAND OBSESSION in between numbers. This was an outrageously fun event, and the organizers hope it is just the first of an annual tradition.

Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th, 2008, MONTANA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK.
Perri read from GRAND OBSESSION, spoke on a panel about writing memoir, and signed copies. Autographed copies are still available at Missoula's independent bookstores. See the BUY page.

Summer 2008


Tuesday, June 3, 7 pm, Coastal Carolina University Waccamaw Higher Education Center, Litchfield.
Perri read and signed GRAND OBSESSION at a piano party and community celebration, with performances of classical, pop, jazz, and improvisation by Dr. Philip Powell of CCU and six of his talented students.

Autographed copies of GRAND OBSESSION may still be available at Litchfield Books in Pawley's Island.


Friday, June 20, Piano Technician's Guild Annual Convention & Technical Institute, Anaheim.
Perri met with technicians and industry gurus and signed copies of GRAND OBSESSION at the PTG Writer's Booth in the convention's exhibit hall. She made many wonderful new friends and renewed old acquaintances. Many thanks to the PTG for the invitation to participate at the national convention!


Friday, July 25, at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 13418 E. Nora Ave, 509-327-4266.
Regionally renowned piano technician and jazz bassist Tom Kuntz and internationally acclaimed pianist and Eastern Washington University piano professor Dr. Jody Graves, both characters in GRAND OBSESSION, joined Perri for an evening of live music and discussion, followed by a piano party.

Perri read, Tom improvised on the string bass with celebrated composer-pianist Casey Wilkinson, and Jody played works by Liszt, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin. Tom put the "Schubert Concert Tuning" on a new Steinway model A so that the audience could experience the sound Perri described in GRAND OBSESSION. The party and book signing afterward were lively and filled with music as everyone tried out the wonderful pianos in the showroom. Many thanks to Tom, Jody, Casey, and the Steinway Piano Gallery for a memorable evening.

Spring 2008


March 29th through April 1, Music Teachers National Association 122nd Annual Conference, Colorado Convention Center.
Perri was was on hand to sign copies of GRAND OBSESSION during the convention in the Exhibit Hall.

Autographed copies of GRAND OBSESSION may still be found in Denver at Rockley Music Center and The Tattered Cover downtown.


April 15th, Classical Grands, The Haywood Building, 9077 Holman Rd NW. 206.297.6717.

Perri read, pianists Stephen Fandrich, Steve Metzler, and others performed, Perri signed books, and all enjoyed a lavish wine-and-cheese reception and piano party in celebration of the reopening of Classical Grands at its original Crown Hill location, and the company's new partnership with Fandrich & Sons Pianos of Stanwood, WA.

April 16th, 7:30 pm, Sherman Clay Pianos, 1624 Fourth Avenue. 206.622-7580.
Perri joined GRAND OBSESSION character, veteran piano technician Steve Brady, in a joint reading and book signing. Steve's wonderful new book, Under the Lid: The Art & Craft of the Concert Piano Technician, has just been published.

Autographed copies of GRAND OBSESSION may still be found in Seattle at Elliott Bay Book Co, University of Washington Bookstore, and Third Place Books.


April 18th, JB Piano Company, 540 Irwin Street, San Rafael. 415.456-9280.

Perri read and signed GRAND OBSESSION, Glenn Woodruff and friends performed jazz and classical, and we celebrated Glenn's birthday with champagne and bountiful h'ors d'oerves and lots of piano playing on Glenn's superbly prepared Grotrian grands.

Autographed copies of GRAND OBSESSION may now be found in San Francisco at Stacey's Bookstore, Borders Books, and City Lights Bookstore.


Friday, May 9, Connecticut Music Teachers Association, Fairfield Chapter, Stamford.
Perri read and signed GRAND OBSESSION at a special event at the home of Deborah Kahan, Chapter President.


Saturday, May 10, Amateur Classical Musician's Association (ACMA) of New York, School of the Blessed Sacrament, 147 West 70th St. NYC.
Perri joined the monthly ACMA meeting to read from and sign GRAND OBSESSION.


Monday, May 12, Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory, Haverhill.
Perri joined the fifth annual Piano World tour of this venerable American piano factory. To see photos, visit the Piano World Forums.


Monday, May 12, E.J. Buck Pianos, Lowell, MA.
Perri read from and signed GRAND OBSESSION with Marc Wienert at a post-factory tour piano party.

To request a reading or appearance for your event, write to Perri.