TAoD tour day 10
Maybe everyone in Seattle spends their days drinking coffee and reading books. It would explain a lot, not only about the number of coffeehouses and great bookstores, but also the general laid-back attitude of a city filled with people whose fantasy lives are well enough fulfilled that they don’e2’80’99t need to be ill-tempered. In any case, the people here love books. I signed stock and chatted with the booksellers in some great stores, especially Elliot Bay down in Pioneer Square, where escort Susan and I had lunch, and Twenty-Third Avenue books, which has one of the greatest layouts of any bookstore’e2’80’94a huge area filled with assorted tables and surrounded by a food hall, where kids come with homework after school and adults come any time, and the bookstore has cooking demonstrations. The ever-great folks at Seattle Mystery bookstore, who have kept Califia’e2’80’99s Daughters on their bestseller list for two years, arranged for a constant stream of people during my hour there, and then tonight, a full house at the University bookstore. This was probably the biggest event I’e2’80’99ve done on this tour, despite the end of the semester last week which, presumably, sent a fair number of the students home. But those who came managed to fill the place, came up with a lot of great questions, and even bought a bunch of books.
And people gave me presents, a necklace and a bottle of St Peter’e2’80’99s Ale, in answer to my blog the other day about needing a drink.
(And by the way, I do like kids, you know that, right? Just because I wanted to pick one up and shake it after a child-infested flight, doesn’e2’80’99t mean some of my best friends aren’e2’80’99t kids. Honest. Actually, it was probably the parents I wanted to pick up and shake’e2’80’a6)
Tomorrow a 6:15 pickup for a flight back to the Bay Area, and two busy days, with a pair of events Tuesday’e2’80’94Stacey’e2’80’99s in SF at midday and Cody’e2’80’99s in Berkeley in the evening’e2’80’94and a whole passel of drop-ins Wednesday, working up to an evening event at Book Passage in Corte Madera.
And thanks to everyone out there who has come to an event and told me they read the blog. Glad you’e2’80’99re having a good time. I sure am.