Last Saturday, I had the good fortune to be part of the local author book fair at the beautiful Nevins Library in Methuen, MA. This library is an elegant red brick building with gothic arches and lovely stained glass windows inside. What good fortune to be able to spend an afternoon reading or doing research in such classic surroundings.
All the authors, about ten of us, were set up in the Great Hall, an aptly named chamber with hard wood floors, tall arched windows topped with stained glass, and wood paneled walls. If you look carefully, I’m waaaay in the back right corner, contemplating how best to set up. The line of chairs in the front of the picture faced a podium where the audience (they really did pack the seats later – honest!) sat while each of us authors gave a little chat about who we were and what we wrote.
As you can see, I was very proud of my little table and brought plenty of books and book marks! I did make some actual sales – and not just to people who were related to me! It was really fun to see people I hadn’t seen in years, since my brother lives in Methuen and his family and my sister-in-law have lots of connections there. I even met a wonderful woman whom I hadn’t seen in years who used to work with my sister-in-law! Especially fun, at the table next to me was Liz Mugavero, who writes the entertaining Pawsitively Organic mysteries! I had met her at a reading and signing she did at Annie’s Bookstop, and got a kick out of her novels that revolve around a woman who reinvents herself from a high powered public relations sort to an organic pastry chef for pets – helping in animal rescue and solving murders along the way. Highly recommended reading – right after you buy and finish reading Bait and Switch!
Finally, some of my family did show, including my brother. Here’s a picture with my nephew Geoffrey’s wife Jessica; daughter Noelle; my brother Leo; me; and the ever present, ever handsome Yang. Quite the rogue’s gallery, wouldn’t you say? This time Yang and Leo didn’t wear the exact same shirt. Really! At my niece Shana’s mother’s day brunch, I realized their shirts were perfect matches!
My thanks to the vivacious Sarah Sullivan who organized this fun and exciting event. Several authors wrote about gritty crime fiction, mostly with a New England setting; some wrote historical mystery and romance; another man talked about his memoir of growing up an African-American trying to find his identity and dignity in a society that denied it; and another man wrote on growing up in the foster care system in Massachusetts. The profits of this latter book by Jeff Ives and Larry Giordano will be donated to creating a bridge house for kids aging out of the foster system but still too young to be completely on their own. I’m already planning some summer reading from this experience! Here’s a link to the list of authors who were there.