Tuesday, January 19, 2010
M is for My, what a great day!
I have a cousin-once-removed visiting from the Denver area this week.
Where does one ordinarily take relatives who've never been to the San Francisco Bay Area? Fisherman's Wharf? Chinatown? Alcatraz? The crookedest street in the world? The rows of Victorian "Pink Ladies?"
None of the above. She's a great reader, especially of mystery, so a short time after picking her up, we were on our way to M is for Mystery in San Mateo. We spent more than two hours wandering around a nearly empty store—that's the sad part, but believe me we bought enough books to make up for a crowd! We walked together part of the time:
"Do you like this?"
"Neither do I."
"How about this?"
Then we'd split up, reading the first pages, browsing for authors on our list as well as ones we've heard about, sharing tips with each other.
Three shopping bags later, we left, very happy. And now my dining room table is piled with new authors and old favorites.
I've done signings for just about every one of my books at M is for .. and our local Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America chapters hold meetings and holiday parties there often. But I've never had the chance (or taken the time) to browse and SHOP for that long.
Next time maybe I won't wait for company to spend such a wonderful day.