categories: Cocktail Hour
While Dave’s braving the San Juan River in search of his next book I’m in teeming Boston, enjoying the other end of the process, pre-publication. Algonquin, publisher of my next book, Life Among Giants (have I ever mentioned this to you?), put on a dinner for Boston area booksellers and invited me and another of their Boston area writers, Barbara (B.A) Shapiro, in to speak. Barbara, who’s actually from Boston, followed instructions and spoke briefly. Her book, forthcoming in October, is called The Art Forger, and gives a novelist’s take on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, good stuff! I, after a 3.5 hour drive that ended in a wrong turn and a maze of bridge ramps and tunnels and finally a bus yard and despair, talked for three hours and fifteen minutes about my economic theories, which follow those of Secretary of War Dearborn during the zzzzzzzzzz. After, we all ate a fine meal, Barbara and I shifting tables at intervals and talking to everyone at least a little, really fun. I’m looking forward to visiting the 15 stores represented, sooner or later, as customer or event, mostly to continue the conversations. These are really interesting and funny folks! Plus, they sell books. Kudos to Craig Popelars, Algonquin director of marketing, who puts on a good show and is hilarious.