I am sitting in a hotel room in San Francisco, getting ready to leave for Book Expo in Los Angeles tomorrow.
Book Expo is one of my favorite things to do each May, and I go every year whether I have a book coming out or not. I’m so excited I can hardly sleep.
I realize that this makes me a geek. A book geek.
But Book Expo is nirvana for people who love to read: I drag home suitcases of free books (advance copies! hardcovers, people!) , meet authors whose work I love and admire, dance to the musical stylings of the ROCK BOTTOM REMAINDERS.
Last year I met Amy Tan at a tiny cocktail party in a rock-n-roll art gallery, a place far too cool for the likes of me.
I also met Tim Russert (love him!), Deepak Chopra, Jodi Picoult, Delia Ephron (one of my favorite writers, an icon, the first person who said the words that will forever be magic — “Fifteen Minutes of Shame sounds like a movie”) and my wonderful film agent Brendan Deneen.
Every year, I’ve met someone who has changed my life — maybe through the experience of reading their work, maybe through a new opportunity, maybe a new friend.
This year is looking pretty darned promising already: I’m meeting the screenwriter who will adapt Fifteen Minutes of Shame for film, some of my favorite writers will be attending, and Partida is throwing me a party.
What more could a girl ask for?
If you happen to be in LA this week, please stop on by, drink a margarita (or two) and say hi.
I promise it will be memorable.
(Well, depending on how many margaritas you have.)
Thursday, 5/29, 7-9 pm
Los Angeles Launch Party
515 West 7th Street
LA, CA 90014
(Margaritas & appetizers sponsored by Partida)