Tuesday, January 29, 2008
View from the stage
Remember the awful storms that hit LA over the weekend? They made the national news, with roads closed, flooding, high winds, and record precipitation.
That's when I headed down there from San Francisco with two author friends, Ann Parker (The Silver Rush Mysteries, http://www.annparker.com/)
and Hailey Lind (Art Lovers Mysteries, http://www.haileylind.com/).
Armed with several pounds of chocolate, snacks, and emergency equipment, we piled into Ann's Pilot and drove on through, nearly 450 miles down route 101. All to keep a date with the "Mystery on the Menu" program at the Cerritos Library.
Was it worth it? No question!
The Friends of the Cerritos Library and the Library staff, led by Padmini Prabhakar, outdid themselves, organizing a day of mystery that was attended by 170 readers, some of whom can be seen in the photo (Click to enlarge). Tables were set up for each of 15 authors, with a group of readers to share a catered lunch. Every place setting included an attractive, informative program and a See's candy bar (you can see what impresses me).
From 11 am to 4 pm, attendees heard us on panels, asked questions, received door prizes, and browsed in the outstanding ad hoc bookstore set up by Linda Bivens of Crime Time Books (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The library itself is an architectural wonder. Ann has a link and a description on her blog site. (www.theladykillers.typepad.com)
Another bonus: Thanks to Linda Bivens, I got to see and sign the first copies of Murder in Miniature.
On several trips to LA, I've found the most welcoming and enthusiastic readers and booksellers. I'm going back for the LA Times Festival of Books in April. Rain or shine.