Book Party Crowd
I got to tell the entire 21 year history of why I decided to write my book, how my writing group helped me with it, what writing the book did for me, how all the agents rejected it and eventually it was published in Thailand. I even told about how, in April of this year, I told a business colleague that I had produced a book about my biracial journey and I was going to ride on the coat tails of Obama. "You didn't say that," said my mother. Oh but I did. And the colleague said "I think you may have a niche there". So I told the group gathered here that I was going to call this marketing strategy The Audacity of Hype. It got the biggest laugh of my entire presentation.
In contrast the passages I chose to read from my book were quite serious and reflective. So even though I am a ham, my writing showed a much more serious side of me. And when I announced that the book was being sold at Kepler's there was a murmer of awe, Kepler's being the biggest remaining independent bookstore in the area and supposed to be the home of taste and fine literature. (The woman who handles the consignment books from local authors has had the book since July, but it was still on her review pile. But she happened to belong to my insight meditation center so when I made my presentation there about the book, she realized it had significance for Buddhists and told me just to go ahead and bring the book in.)
About 45 people showed up and we sold 20 books some to people who had already bought the book and wanted to give it as a gift. I had the best time and remembered everything I wanted to say and was able to pay tribute to the high standard of writing that the women of my writer's group have upheld. It was a fabulous end to an amazing week.
Pictures of me reading will show up later. Most of these were taken by Catherine.