Tuesday night, I had my second-to-last book launch event for Poster Girl at Book Passage, Corte Madera, a wonderful Marin bookshop that is incredibly supportive of authors and books and readers. (And the place where I first started writing my novels through their Mystery Writers Conference.)
I had a lovely conversation with SWP author Linda Joy Myers, whose book FORGER OF MARSEILLES is a terrific WWII story of heroic people who used their artistic skills to resist evil.
Especially, I was touched by the friends who made their way out on a wet evening in support. Among them, She Writes Press authors, Jude Berman, Ann Bancroft and Sherri T. Joseph. Long time writer, mule-sister and buddy Amanda McTigue. My dad, Poppy, who moved heaven and earth to be there. And Lori Sebransky Coopersmith, who I met at fifteen at Redlands debate camp (I know, I know) and then lived with when she was in law school and I was in grad school, and who later wore a frothy blue dress at my wedding.
Going out in the world in support of a book is really about connecting with friends, new and old, and being reminded that people do care about stories and the people who make them.
Thank you to everyone who shows up, buys books, reads them, reviews them, shares them. You are part of a very special tribe.
I’ve got one more event to go—6:30 Thursday, December 7 in Richmond, CA. https://linktr.ee/blantonstroud. Maybe I’ll see you there?