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Entries in world book night (5)

Thursday
Apr242014

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.

Monday
Apr212014

Books are the best gateway drugs

World Book Night US is upon us and soon 500,000 books will be given away in cities and towns all over the US. In that mix will be 50,000 copies of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet that my publisher has donated (and I waived all royalties).

The idea is for volunteer givers to pass out books to under served communities--everything from homeless shelters and prisons, to college campuses and starving college students (because honestly, if you're paying $275 for a textbook can you actually afford books to read for pleasure?)

Plus, this is an opportunity to just give books away, to share the joy of reading, to promote literacy. Speaking of, I had the privilege of meeting three students (from the US, Syria, and Romania) in an adult literacy program for whom Hotel was the first book they had ever read. How cool is that! It was an honor beyond any bestseller list.

So to do my part, I'll be at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle tomorrow with fellow author, Maria Semple, as we kick-off this wonderful, beautiful, crazy thing. And then on Weds I'll be at the Panama Hotel at 11:00am, giving away books, while they last. And some fine folks from the Wing Luke Asian Museum will be giving away books later that afternoon on the actual corner of Bitter & Sweet. Which is actually the corner of 6th & Main (which didn't sound quite as sexy as Bitter & Sweet, as far as book titles go).

Have a great World Book Night!

Thursday
Apr102014

Thank you Kentucky! Next up: World Book Night kick-off in Seattle

Kentucky was amazing. Despite the Wildcats losing to UCONN the folks in the Bluegrass State were in high spirits, especially the students, who turned out in droves (okay, in busses, but you know what I mean). We even went full-tilt selfie a few times which was too much fun. Thanks Carla!

Speaking of fun, this image of yours truly speaking in a classroom was just dyyyyyying to be photoshopped. Dying, I tell you. A blank screen is like a blank canvas. It needs some attention.

Next up: World Book Night in Seattle. There's a kick-off event at Elliott Bay Book Company where I'll be teaming up with the amazing Maria Semple who wrote Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

See. You. There.

 

Friday
Apr042014

Thank you Missouri! Next up: Kentucky

Thank you Kansas City & St. Charles!I had some company in the green roomWhen I was in Los Angeles there was an earthquake (actually two). When I was in St. Louis...there was a tornado. Is it me? If it is, I'm sorry Kentucky, perhaps you should start building an ark. A bomb shelter? A doom bunker in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse?

I'm home for a few days before I turn around and head to Paducah for a college read. Then home again and a quick pivot to Seattle for World Book Night.

And in case you're wondering how many frequent flyer miles I have, it's more than 800,000. At this point I'm just going for a cool million, then I'll figure out what to do with them. Travel to the Kingdom of Tuvalu? Get a ride on the Space Shuttle? Donate them to charity?

Less travel. More writing. That's the plan for now. Oh, and a nap.