Hi all, I spoke today in Baton Rouge as part of the Louisiana Book Festival. It went off splendidly, if I do say so myself. I can’t believe what a huge event this is and how many little things had to go right for them to pull it off.
Last night I went to a party for all of the participating authors (over one hundred, I believe). It was held in the state library. There was a live band, a ton of booze, and of course…Louis Gossett Jr.
Also pictured is Emilie Staat, a pal from the tango world. She interviewed me this morning and was the main reason that it went so well. We went to a CVS last night hunting for contact lens solution and wound up in the middle of an insane caper. But that’s a tale for another day.
I promised myself that I wouldn’t tell Mr. Gossett Jr. that I loved Iron Eagle IV. Or Roots. Or An Officer And A Gentleman. Then I forgot and told him how much I loved Iron Eagle IV and Roots.
But I also told him that everything I’ve ever read or heard about him has been about what a good person he is, and that was totally reinforced last night.
He was very gracious with everyone. However, his IMDB entry lists him as 6’4″ I’m 6’7″, or so I thought. Apparently I’m at least 7’4″.
Also, I did some hard-hitting legislating while speaking in the Capitol building.
Ready to go home. Been on the road for too long. Is anyone reading anything good? I’m almost done with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and am going to be sad when it’s over.