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A hard day's World Book Night

Selfie time with Maria Semple and readers! Photo by Justus.We came. We saw. We pimped free books like it was nobody's business. Here are a few highlights of World Book Night:

A lovely kick-off event at Elliott Bay Books with Maria Semple (who is hilarious, spontaneous, and my new personal hero). Most memorable was Maria's tale of a Buddhist monk telling her that writers don't need to trouble themselves with the normal disciplines of Buddhism because writers are creators and therefore bodhisattvas and have karmic "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE" cards. Sign me up.

This photo on Instagram says it all.Signing books. And more books. Especially books at The Wing Luke Museum which now has enough signed books to build an ark. If you need a signed book (or are expecting high water) this is the place to go.

Giving books away at the actual Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet otherwise known as the Panama Hotel. Truth be told, I stayed at the Alexis where I immediately ran into Jan Johnson the owner of the Panama who jokingly dubbed me a "traitor" for not staying at her place. What can I say? I have a deep abiding weakness for 24-hour room service.

Then it was off to Lummi Island (pronounced Gummy, like the bears), where I read the first chapter of my currently untitled Book #3.

I always take my first chapter out for a test drive and this was the first time. My wife hasn't even read it. Must have been that ol' World Book Night magic in the air.

But the best part was hearing from all the book giver volunteers out there. THANK YOU. There's a special place for you in Heaven. I'm pretty sure it's a kick-ass library.

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Reader Comments (5)

Awesome! Can you believe your books were given out all the way in Hawaii???? That's so cool! And to give away books at the Panama Hotel???? Sooo sad that I live on the other side of the country and couldn't attend.

Can I also just say that I'm dying to hear more about this secret Book #3???
I gave away 20 copies of your book in Ocean City, Maryland! Everyone was thrilled to receive a copy!
May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Thank you, Jamie, for the free books. And thank you, Antigiones Book Store. It was an honor to hand them out in Tucson, Arizona. Arizona gets some bad press, but there also many beautiful people here. They appreciated the large print.
May 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLydia
Sweet. I go to Tucson almost every year. Glad to see WBN working it's magic. Thanks for being a book giver!
May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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