THE BOOK TOUR (caps intended to create a sense of gravitas) for The Homeowner’s Guide to Greatness is well underway and I have been having a blast. Here’s what’s happened so far…
First stop was The Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio. This independent bookstore is located in the historic, cobble-stoned section of Columbus called German Village.
This 32 room store is a veritable labyrinth of literature and the courtyard/entrance way outside (just behind me) is charming, to say the least.
I liked the look of this sign:
…and this display:
Fortunately, despite threats of rain, we were able to do the reading outside – there was a podium! And a microphone! And a cute Red Sox fan! What more do you need? (Well, other than a rapt audience, check, and a good laugh track, check, again.)
Kindly locals (and I wasn’t even related to all of them!) lined up to get their books signed. Thank heaven I spent all those hours as a teenager perfecting my autograph…
Thank you to Russ Iler and the staff of The Book Loft, all of whom made it a great experience.
Next stop was ML Gifts and Accessories, one of my favorite shops here in Nyack. I love the vibe of this whole store, which sells funky jewelry, cute clothes, and unique housewares – it is really one of the best stops in town for gifts. Their downstairs room was perfect for this festive book party and owner Maria Whittingham could not have been a more gracious host.
Here are the books, on deck, and my brother trying to subtly sneak into this pre-party pic:
We put out some edibles to sweeten an already sweet deal:
I’m telling you, they were eating it up!
Thank you to Sara and Nora for your support!
The crowd swells:
I read four of my favorite selections from the book:
Careful to take my time and enunciate:
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate! And special thanks to Maria and the rest of the staff at ML Gifts and Accessories who helped to make this such an unforgettable night.
The most recent stop was this past weekend, at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This was a wonderful full-circle experience for me, since I worked at this bustling bookstore for the summer of 1994, between my junior and senior years in college. This was back when I was first falling in love with books and thought that someday I might like to be…a writer. The owners, Steve and Barbara Crane are very dear to me.
Here is a snapshot of me and Steve out in front of Browseabout 18 years ago. To say that Steve is a jokester is a bit of an understatement…
I was happy to sign books during one of the busiest times at the store: 8-10 AM on a Sunday when it seems like everybody in town is coming through Browseabout to pick up their paper, get some coffee, or buy a new book to read on the beach. This also happens to be before the meters start running.
When Steve (in the foreground) told this customer that I worked at the store 18 years ago, the customer claimed I must have been only 8 years old when I did so:
Here’s my reaction:
All set for morning of signing:
Yes, I did choose my skirt in order to match the book. The fancy silver pen I am holding was given to me by Rob on our first Valentines Day together, three and a half years ago. He told me it was specifically for me to use for signing my future book during my future book tour (sniff sniff, he really believed in me.)
I was delighted by how many people came through and showed interest in the funny side of home-ownership.
Some of these people own several homes. One man told me that he’d been scraping a mysterious grease splatter off his kitchen walls just before he came over. This was a jovial crowd: one guy shook his head regretfully about home-ownership. He said, “If I only knew then what I know now!” And one woman told me that just that morning they heard a loud bang in their house and couldn’t figure out what the sound was until several hours later: the chain on a large decorative piece of stained glass hanging on their window had come loose and the piece had slammed against the sill.
The following customer was a good sport for agreeing to do a set-up photo shoot with the author. We were instructed to act natural, which is guaranteed to look awkward (me, not her):
I was straight-up thrilled that The Fly Guy (the star of a a super cute picture book series by Ted Arnold) stopped by to say hello. I’m not sure if he’s a homeowner or not, but, wow, was he is an impressive creature:
Seems that my cameraman a.k.a. Heart-throb a.k.a. The Most Supportive Human on Earth, Rob, was also pretty pumped about The Fly Guy:
Thank you to the Browseabout crowd and to Steve and Barbara Crane for making this a very meaningful and fun experience!
Finally one more thank you: To the Newark Post in Newark, DE and Katy Bowman for publishing this great interview about the book and the Browseabout event! Read it here: Newark Post Online.
I appreciate everyone who has come out to support this momentous book release! If you missed these events, don’t despair, you can get The Homeowner’s Guide to Greatness on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.