|Hannah is ready to host the MONSTER party!|
|The blood fountain|
|David Mitchell, doing his hand thing in my book|
with RH rep, Ron Koltnow, standing up in back
|L-R: Chrysler, woman from the B&B, David Mitchell, me|
The dessert was more interesting than delicious, at least for me: smoked chocolate bread pudding with salted vanilla ice cream. I think somebody was a tad heavy-handed with the liquid smoke. A little less of it, and it would have improved it tremendously. Chrysler said it reminded her a little bit of eating a burnt S'more.
On the way home, we had a fun discussion about human impulses and the exploration of our Slytherin sides. And books. Always the books.
Here then, in parting, I share a photo of my David Mitchell books. It's not at all excessive to have an advance reading copy of the US edition, paperback and hardcover copies of the UK edition, and regular AND slipcased copy of the US edition. Anybody who says otherwise simply must be jealous.
|This is the "hand thing" I was referring to|
in that other photo, above
|Not pictured: my regular and slipcased copies|
of the US edition. Still, not at all excessive.
My blog will be a bit quieter than usual in the upcoming weeks, as I have trips to make to Providence, RI, for a New England Independent Booksellers Association, and to Memphis, TN, for some important trip planning, and I have author introductions to perform (Lauren Oliver tonight and Katy Simpson Smith in two nights' time), and ghost photo booths to plan, and book reviews to write, and, generally, miles to go before I sleep. But my friend and coworker, Chrysler, will be stepping in to write a guest blog post soon and I will be back when I can.
Hope y'all are having a good weekend. Let me know what bookish things you've been up to!
*This is not, I hasten to add, because Mr Mitchell thought that coming to South Hadley was beneath him. But with his busy international tour, his publisher couldn't work out a way to get him to us, and we decided that we couldn't do without his book.