Yesterday I flew into San Francisco in the early morn. I was picked up by yet another incredibly hilarious media escort, a professional musician named David Golia. His wife–he gave me one of her CDs–is a bodybuilding, accordion-playing, seismologist who performs under the name Big Lou.
I must meet this woman. I’m a little miffed at not having the strangest resume around anymore.
Everything is spread out here. We drove 45 minutes from the airport to the Pleasanton Library, which was indeed, pleasant. Had a great talk with a book club atmosphere. As much as I like giving talks, I think I enjoy the intimate atmosphere where everyone just chats even more. [Read more...]
Hi all, I’ve been in Seattle for two days and have now eaten five bowls (excuse me, four bowls and one “tanker” of clam chowder). I also got tricked into a four dollar cup of orange juice this morning when I was waylaid by a smiling waiter in a restaurant. I thought he was just being polite. Come to think of it, perhaps it was being poured even as I said “sure.”….
But I officially love Seattle. We went to the space needle yesterday. It’s tall. I went to the Museum of Art. Still have no idea how to talk about art, but I liked what I saw. I think.
I went on a four mile run yesterday morning and wound up at Top Pot Doughnuts. Thank you, man in Atlanta who said I had to come have these doughnuts, you were right. [Read more...]
Hey everyone, I fly out to Seattle in the morning for two events, and then I’ll be in San Francisco next Tuesday for a few things. Hope to see you on the road! Also, the link to the NPR interview on RadioWest is up if you’re interested. Doug Fabrizio made it really easy and we had a great time.
Last night at my Salt Lake Library event, someone asked me how I respond to criticism? If you’ve been following the last few weeks, you know that I don’t read reviews of my book. So I haven’t seen a lot of criticism, or praise for that matter, although I know the reaction has been largely positive. Hooray!
But other people do read the reviews and some have sent me snippets that, while largely positive, also mention aspects of the book that didn’t quite work for them. These helpful emailers are often wondering how I react to any type of criticism. (I’m not saying don’t send me these, but I am going to tell you what my reaction is going to be just about every time)
The best answer I can give is that, as a librarian who just wants everyone to read, it’s not my place to tell anyone how they should react to my book (or any other). [Read more...]