Edgars Week, 2008!
Wheeeâ€”itâ€™s Edgars Week!
Up at 2:00 and on the road by 3:15 for a 6 am flight, doesnâ€™t that sound like fun?Â Well, when itâ€™s in the cause of MWAâ€™s Edgars week, yes, itâ€™s fun.Â The rest of the plane seemed to think so as well, although I donâ€™t believe all of them were headed for JFK for the same reason as I, especially the twenty or so teenaged hip-hop kids laden with an incredible number of huge stuffed animals.Â However, I soon saw the reason for the animals, as the kids all spent the flight draped over the padding, snoozing.
Me, too.Â Not with the four foot high stuffed dogs, but with the snoozing, which brought me up to almost six hours of sleep, plenty to keep my partying until, well, ten oâ€™clock.Â And yeah I know thatâ€™s only seven West Coast time, so Iâ€™m not a party animal.
Tuesday of Edgars week has always been Black Orchid day, when the bookstore up on 81st street flings open its doors and Bonnie and Joe pour wine for writers and readers alike.Â But the Black Orchid has closed, sadly, which made us all the more grateful for the launch party hosted by Otto Penzlerâ€™s Mysterious Books down (FAR down) in Tribecca.Â Bonnie and Joe were there, too, and Michael Connelly and seven or eight other contributors to The Blue Religion.Â (You might be able to order copies signed by the authors there last night from Mysterious Books, not sure.)Â Lee Child was there, with the fabulous Maggie Griffin (Publicist to The Stars) and too many other friends-and-relations to list here, and we had a drink and some of us signed a LOT of books and chatted and took pictures (Iâ€™ll post links if people send them) and then some of us realized we were about to pass out from lack of nutrition, so we migrated around the block to an Irish pub for fish and chips or shepherds pie or veggie curry (me) and chatted with Sarah WeinmanÂ and Jason Pinter, and I met Tasha AlexanderÂ and Ken Bruen (whose The Priest is nominated for a Best Novel Edgar,) andâ€¦nope, canâ€™t list them, because I have to post this and run off, this time to The Village where Iâ€™m having brunch with SJ Rozan.
But in case I get carried away and donâ€™t open my trusty laptop until next week, let me say that the indomitable Sarah Weinman will be blogging live from the Edgars banquet itself, so you can follow live time the excitement of the night.Â Iâ€™ll be there, at the Random House table with my editor and publicist and other RH authors, and Iâ€™ll give you a virtual wave, look for me among the hundreds of others.
Nowâ€”off to a day of writers and books!
(Sorry I can’t work out how to link on the laptop–for your info, here are the links:
Ken Bruen and the other nominees: http://www.theedgars.com/nominees.html
Sarah Weinman’s blog: http://www.sarahweinman.com/
Tasha Alexander: http://www.tashaalexander.com/
The Edgars Banquet live blog: http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=mwablog