Multiple points of view
Itâ€™s odd, but the past few days Iâ€™ve felt like three Lauries in one. The first Laurie is fighting summer traffic to hospitals, making a thousand phone calls to doctors and caregivers, overseeing the move from hospital to rehab center (Somehow the statement â€œMy husbandâ€™s in rehabâ€ evokes more Robert Downey with sunken eyes than an Anglo-Indian Father Christmas in a walker, but maybe thatâ€™s just the Californian in me.) The second Laurie is the ghostly person blithely steering a new German car across the autobahns of northern Europe, closing in on London, looking forward to the extended familyâ€™s end-of-season punting expedition in Oxford on Sunday (itâ€™s going to rain.) And a third Laurie is standing with Brother Erasmus and Sergeant Bonita Mendez looking into a cave dwelling in a fictionalized version of my home town, in the short story Iâ€™m writing for Michael Connelly. All three Lauries happily going about their business, all three equally real, given the right point of view.
Anyway, I meant to say that if youâ€™d like a bookplate for The Art of Detection, you can either send me a sase (PO Box 1152, Freedom, CA 95019) or, if youâ€™re writing from a European address, ask the good people at Poisoned Pen Press UK. They will assume you want one with the UK cover, but if you write me and want the UK rather than the US cover, youâ€™d better say so.
And Iâ€™ve received my marching orders for BoucherCon, being held in Madison, WI from Sept 27th to October 1. Iâ€™ll be on two panels, the first on Thursday at 3:00 for IF I COULD GET AWAY WITH IT along with John Connolly, Jan Burke, David Corbett, and Chris Grabenstein, talking about what perfect crimes weâ€™d like to pull. Then Saturday at 1:00 comes JUMPING GENRES when Val McDermid, Nevada Barr, Dana Stabenow and I will talk aboutâ€”well, what does it matter what weâ€™re talking about? Itâ€™ll be a hoot whatever. For those of you who saw an earlier edition of this panel at the Las Vegas BoucherCon, no, I canâ€™t promise to toss a plastic drinking cup at Val and land it on her microphone again. Some things are best not repeatedâ€¦
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