The Reading at the Southern Festival of Books

Oh, you guys, it was awesome. First of all, Peg came by to say hi, even though she couldn’t stay for the reading, and I was all “What are you doing here, person from Illinois?!” This probably should have been a clue things were about to get Midwestern. I ran to the bathroom and then my parents were there when I got back!

They had been in town since yesterday. They even had dinner with the Butcher and his Friend. And I had no idea.

Mike Turner and his daughter were there. A bunch of y’all were there. Jess’s son wrote a book while I was reading. It is about dragons, but I will have to wait until the next one to find out what happens. Dude who wrote Miss Perigrine’s School could learn a thing or two from this kid about telling people up front that more is to come.

And it seemed like there were a lot of people in the audience. And I would say probably about half of them I didn’t know. So, that was cool.

But here is the best part. I went up for my book signing and no one came. No, no, I know. That sounds terrible. But let me tell you why no one came. Because they sold out of my book yesterday.

Anyone who just stumbled by my reading and was like “Oh, I want to read that” was out of luck because the Festival was SOLD OUT.

I am so thrilled.

Best reason to not sign books ever.

I am so tired, but so very grateful.

11 thoughts on “The Reading at the Southern Festival of Books

  1. I’m so glad things went well – I love that you sold out of books!

    I’m assuming that’s Peg of moved to downstate IL and had a child known online as the nose picker who is probably an adult now. I’m going to stop before I sound like I’m remembering stuff from 15 years ago instead of five. I’m glad you got to see each other.

    Sounds like a good weekend!

  2. It was so great to see you,, even if just for a little while. I knew you’d kick ass!

    And you are correct SuperG, the NP is a soph in college now, he goes to ISU. Monticello, on the other hand, is really pretty dam boring. Hope all is well with you, too!

  3. You are a great reader, and it was much fun to finally get to meet you!

    Right after the reading, your Dad was convinced he had seen pictures of or possibly met my son before this. So I said that you and I were facebook friends, so maybe he had seen them that way, and this started him talking about how Baby Boomers are all closet FB addicts but none of them will admit it and I was cracking up and little guy was telling your Mom all about the dragons. (Shorter Jess–your Dad is funny, too!)

  4. You did Great. It has got to be hard sitting up there reading in front of people. You read my Favorite’s from your book, the Old Electrician, the Haunted Trunk and the Baron club.

  5. Peg – The NP is in college now? Way to go for him and way to go for things in life that make me feel old. :) I am doing well – I am home full time with my toddler daughter Allison which makes me very happy but a much slower blog and internet reader. :) I remember the greater Champaign area being very boring when I lived there.

    B – Allison pulled your book off the shelf today, petted it, and said it was nice. She does this at random with our books but I think you could still consider it another positive review.

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