Thursday, September 2, 2010

My reading/signing at Quail Ridge Books

This fine local bookstore has been a part of Raleigh for over two decades, and I've always appreciated the chance to do a reading there. At the same time, I feel guilty begging my friends to attend these things, particularly given that most of them already know the books.

Most of the roughly two dozen people who came tonight were friends, but a bit over a third were not, which was a nice treat. To offset the darkness of some of the things I've been reading and discussing in support of Children No More, I read aloud for the first time the entire "Lobo, Actually" short story. I hadn't looked at this piece for months, so I was pleased that it felt good to read and seemed to go over quite well. It really is a sweetly sentimental tale, an odd departure for the Jon and Lobo universe.

I'm generally rather reluctant to post pictures of myself, both because I hate how I look and because doing so feels a bit too much, but enough folks have given me grief for not putting up any that I'm offering this one, courtesy of Gina.



I had quite a few interesting conversations while signing books, which was a bonus, and I also got to visit briefly with a few friends. All in all, a reasonably good night.

8 comments:

J. Griffin Barber said...

Looking good, Mark!

Mark said...

Thanks for the kindness, Griffin.

montsamu said...

Good to hear that the event had a few more non-friends, and I agree with J. Griffin Barber.

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind words.

Dan Campbell said...

Thanks for this update, Mark! I was wondering how it went. I'm looking forward to the reading at the Regulator. Just a little way into Children No More, and expecting I'll want the prior books once I'm done. CNM is exceeding my expections, btw. :-)

Dan Campbell said...

PS: I very much appreciate the 'Lessons from a militarized childhood' blog series and the work you're doing with Children No More.

Mark said...

I'm glad you're enjoying the book, Dan, and I also look forward to that reading.

Mark said...

Thanks also for the kind words.

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