Wonder Boi Writes

Sappho’s Salon

After a to-die-for dinner at Andie’s, all of the authors walked down to Women and Children First.  If you haven’t been there, then you need to check it out when you’re in Chicago.  It the oldest and one of the last standing independent feminist books stores.  It is truly a treasure, and when you see their selection you’ll know why.  By the time we got there, the place was jumping and the bass was pulsing and the wine was flowing.  Not a bad way to kick off the evening.

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The reading portion was called to order (or disorder) by our MC Kathie Bergquist, who gave an awesome intro to Jennifer Harris that involved the phrase “femme on the streets and butch in the sheets.” I have to admit being a little turned on.

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Jennifer did introductions for the authors all night long, starting with Anne Laughlin.  Ann is a Chicagoan, and she didn’t trust me around her girlfriend, but I’ll forgive her for both those things because her book Veritas sounds like it’s going to be a big hit.  She read from the first chapter, and I was totally engrossed.

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Up second was C.P. Rowlands.  She’s a real character and gives me a look at what I’ll probably be like at her age since we’re so much alike.  She read from the opening of her first book, Lake Effect Snow. I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in political intrigue.  It’s a page turner. 

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Then it was time for our lovely and talented coordinator/MC to take the stage.  Jennifer read from the middle of her book Pink.  Let me tell you, this is one smart, quirky, funny book!  By the time she was half way through her selection she had me laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes. 

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After Jennifer read, we took a break to mingle and sign a few books.  I had a great time seeing familiar faces of friends from high school and college as well as getting to meet a few fans from various internet forums.  We had quite a turn out, as you can see from the picture below, and that’s only about a third of the room.

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After a few minutes, we resumed the reading and Nell Stark read two selections from her latest release, Homecoming, which is very timely story given the political climate surrounding gay marriage issues.

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One of the selections she read was in response to the tie she was wearing.  She swears she can tie them herself, but that evening’s Windsor knot had been done by her lovely girlfriend and writing partner Trinity Tam.  In addition to her wardrobe duties and vampire book writing, Trin is also quite the photographer.

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Finally it was my turn, and because I was reading in the anchor slot, the crowd was already warmed up and spent the first few minutes razzing me about some cowboi named Dick Harder.  Then I read one of my favorite scenes from Trails Merge.  Do you wish you were there?  Want to see what a cheeseball I am in person? Alright folks, send big old thanks yous to Carleen Spry in the VLR or on Facebook because she shot this video for you all and got it uploaded on Facebook.  Now grab your popcorn, turn up your speakers, and enjoy the show.

I’d also like to thank Jennifer Harris for setting up this whole event, Women and Children First for hosting, and Watty for taking pictures and sharing them with us all.  As always, when a group of authors get together fun is sure to be had, and when you throw in some truly wonderful fans, well that just makes for a spectacular night!

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March 25, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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