I’ve never done a book reading/signing event before. Certainly not for my own book. I’ve been in the audience at a few, I attended one in which an essay and photograph of mine were part of the book being presented; I even had a recurring role as “The Reading Queen” in my son’s second grade class years ago. That involved an ermine stole and a tiara, so that was definitely a highpoint! But I’ve never stood in front of an audience as a bona fide author and read an excerpt from a book I’ve written, waiting to take questions and sign a few copies afterwards. Never done that. I would guess it’s something every author pictures when visualizing their writing career. A heady thing to imagine…
Not dissimilar, I suppose, to a singer/songwriter getting up on stage to sing songs they’ve written, a painter or photographer standing at an exhibit to discuss work of theirs being featured; a playwright waiting in the foyer of a theater to talk about their play just performed. I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to have experienced each of those at one time or another, so I know both the thrill and the anticipation involved, particularly in these technical times when so much of our discourse and sharing is done online. A reading is all about human contact and that might be the very best part about it!
So I’m delighted to have this inaugural opportunity to experience a most vaunted rite-of-passage, particularly as a debut author, and I hope you will join me. Given the innumerable choices any reader has today, I’m always honored and grateful when someone chooses my work, and certainly thrilled when they find it meaningful… enough to show up at a reading! I’ll look forward to seeing those of you who’ve asked about getting your books signed, and for those who might come to find out about my work, I’ll be thrilled to make your acquaintance!
If you are in the Los Angeles area and looking for a literary event to include as part of your weekend’s entertainment, come join us next Saturday, November 22nd. I am grateful to the marvelous Lisa Schultz of The Peace Project for inviting me to present the After The Sucker Punch Party at her studio, The Whole 9, in Culver City. It’s an especially wonderful venue because, while you’re there for the reading, you’ll have the opportunity to view some incredible art, including the 2014 Peace Project Traveling Exhibit (which includes one of my photographs), as well as avail yourself of many artistic gift items, the proceeds of which help fund The Peace Project. I’m always thrilled when I can involve myself in a win/win!
The information follows; I look forward to your RSVP either at email@example.com or via the Facebook Event page. I will see you next Saturday and we’ll raise a glass and a cookie to After The Sucker Punch!
The After The Sucker Punch Reading/Signing Event
Saturday, November 22, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm PST
The Whole 9 Gallery
3830 Main Street, Culver City, CA 90232
(between Culver & Venice)
Please feel free to bring your already-purchased copy for signing; books will be available for purchase at the event at the special price of $10.00.
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