Late-night thanks after Saturday’s “Auralia’s Colors” gathering.
September 23, 2007
[This was first posted late Saturday night at lookingcloser.wordpress.com.]
I’m weary, and it’s late, but I need to take a moment and thank everyone who came to tonight’s Third Place Books “release party” for Auralia’s Colors.
It was so great to see so many of you. Even my landlords came! Tommy and Vivian Fong sat right in the front. And I owe them so many thanks for giving Anne and me such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Auralia grew up under their watchful care.
Thanks to Michael Demkowicz, my teacher and friend, for making the trip all the way from Portland, Oregon. And to Doug Carver who came from Alberquerque, New Mexico for this occasion!
Thanks to so many who showed up from my church, including Pastor Michael and Sandy Kelly. And to those from Seattle Pacific, including Luke Reinsma, Linda Wagner, Frank Kline.
Thanks to Cheryl McKeon and Adam Walter for helping me get the event set up… and to Steve for that gracious introduction. It was a pleasure to be introduced by Steve, who has worked in both of Seattle’s best bookstores since before I started writing Auralia’s Colors. (I remember seeing him at the Philip Pullman reading for The Golden Compass when it first came out, and there weren’t very many people there.)
The store sold out of Auralia’s Colors, so it was a good thing we’d brought an extra box full of copies! Everybody who wanted one got one (or two, or three).
There were so many more. I’d thank you all if I wasn’t falling asleep right now.
Thanks, of course, to Anne, for putting up with me while I stressed a little about getting ready in time.
It all went perfectly, and I had a blast. Two weeks, and two unforgettable book events. I could get used to this.