Sunday, April 20, 2008

I'll never forget Cleveland... next up, Winnipeg... and I loved Juno!

Thanks to everyone who came out to my reading in Cleveland where, yet again, I closed the store down after running wayyyyy over my time-limit because we were having such fun.

I guess I'll have to schedule future readings so I have 3 hours cause I'm clearly unable to fit everything into two! Picture this: While I was talking at 8:50 pm the janitor started vacuuming. Following that, at 9:00 pm, half the lights were turned off (an obvious nudge to wrap things up.) Then, while I was answering a few final questions, they began playing music throughout the store, strains of Good Night, Irene, Good Night. How funny is that?!

I don't blame the book store, though. I've managed a business before and I realize employees aren't paid to stay late. But when you have a crowd that's really engaged (as this one was) what can you do?

Next up, I'm off to Winnipeg, where I'll be reading and signing at McNally Robinson's new Polo Park book store on Thursday, April 24th at 7:00 pm. If you live nearby, why not come out and help me close the store down!? Chuckle...

P.S. I watched Juno on my way home from Cleveland and loved it. When the credits finally rolled, I kept thinking, Oooh, how I wish I'd written that! (the best possible compliment any writer can wish for!)


Adam said...

Snort! I woulda lost it,
laughing hysterically, when that
music came on. Funny.

Victoria said...

Oh, my! What do you
pack into those two hours?
I think I'd have trouble
filling one.

(p.s., I loved JUNO too!!!

Hannah said...

I was at your Cleveland reading
and felt bad for you. It was a delight to meet you. I felt fully entertained by the time we all left at a mere 20 mins after 9. I personally think the mgr should have been happy to have such an engaged crowd and perhaps should've canned the lights/music if not the vacuum!

I truly hope you come see us all again next year.

Hannah Kline

Doreen Orion said...

Sounds like you (and everyone else) is having a blast!

PLEASE come to Colorado! I know janitors in high places and can guarentee no vacuum.

Ramona said...

Are you kidding?!
They turned off the lights and flicked on the 'buh-bye' muzak! That's horrible and hilarious. Nice to see you have a sense of humor about it.

ChristineEldin said...

Must be intoxicating to be so connected to a group of people! But that is very funny about the music.
I still haven't seen Juno yet, but hopefully soon.

Melissa Marsh said...

Congrats on such a great event! Haven't seen Juno yet, but I want to.

Nadine said...

I agree! Juno was wonderful.
Happy to hear Cleveland turned out well for you (sans the vacuum and the music -- tee-hee!)

P.S. Loved loved LOVED The Silver Compass btw

kyla-dale said...

That event sounds
memorable beyond words!
I finished The Silver Compass on Friday night and have to tell you that it's my favorite of all three of your novels so far.
Nice job!

Seeley deBorn said...

See you Thursday!!

Adrienne said...

Hey sweetie! Just tagged you over at my blog, come check it out! (and I'm glad you raised all that money for the library! Yay!)

Travis Erwin said...

You should do a reading in a bar. They stay open way later than bookstores and I bet the questions will be very interesting. Especially the alter it gets.

Trish Ryan said...

JUNO is brilliant. As (I'm guessing) are your readings :)

Oh how I long for you to come to the east coast!!!

Anonymous said...

The Silver Compass rocks!!
As did your reading in Cleveland.
I had such a great time.
Thanks for coming.

Deena Holloway

Wendy Roberts said...

Holly, love to hear about your shutting down the place! Our paths seem destined to cross in the night.I'm in Wpg visiting family a few days later. :(

I just watched Juno last weekend and was thinking the same thing. It blew me away :)