Yesterday, day four of the LOCKED ROOMS tour, was for my home town store. Capitola BookCafe is owned and run by four women who by this time I count as friends, although when they hosted my very first event back in 1993, I had only met one of them, our husbands being colleagues at the university.
By now, BookCafe is family. I’ve done events for every book but CALIFIA’S DAUGHTERS (and they’d have done one for that if I’d asked them) and almost always it’s my launch event. My daughter has worked there, my mother and I lunch there, I’ve hunted down all kinds of books, tapes, and odds-and-ends there. The women of BookCafe are what make independent booksellers so great.
Unfortunately, for this event I was tired, and couldn’t summon the bounce I like to give an audience. It was a perfectly adequate event, people laughed and listened and asked good questions, but those who tell me I ought to go into stand-up comedy wouldn’t have said that after yesterday’s talk.
However, I’ve had a solid seven and a half hours sleep since then, so today’s in San Mateo ought to go well. And I can sleep on the plane.
See you in Houston!