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!)