Just a quick note because there's a bottle of wine waiting for me in the fridge. Don't worry, I'm not drinking the whole bottle, just a glass or two. The book came out Jan. 31 and I had a wonderful event at The Corner Bookstore, a tiny store where employees know every book and the owners live upstairs. It feels like The Little Shop Around the Corner, warm and comfortable the moment you walk inside. We packed the store with friends and family. The love and support was palpable. Everyone laughed at my jokes, ate the chopped liver I brought, and I reveled in the attention. The next week, there was another reading at Barnes & Noble. The ambiance was different, but so many people I adore were there. My friends have been so amazing and supportive. It's good when people get to express their love and admiration for you before your funeral. Seriously, much better for this to happen when you're still alive. Yesterday I was in Boston at a wonderful store called Brookline Booksmith. Another cozy place. Customers brought their dogs. Salespeople smile at you. A bag lady came to my talk and fell asleep, snoring through my presentation. I'm not sure if she was an actual bag lady, but she carried lots of bags. The snoring just added to the overall charm, I think. Anyway, next week is Chicago, LA, and San Francisco. The week after is Denver and Dallas. Then, most of the travel for The Ivy Chronicles will be complete. Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a bottle of wine with my name on it.
Thursday, February 10, 2005