Auralia had a busy day.

October 25, 2007

I am dizzy and exhausted after yesterday’s triathalon of speaking engagements.

Many, many thanks to the hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and other guests who packed the Otto Miller lecture hall at Seattle Pacific University… twice… yesterday afternoon. I had a fantastic time passing along the lessons I’ve learned from writers like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Madeleine L’Engle, and introducing you to Auralia’s Colors. I was particularly inspired by the listeners’ enthusiasm and responsiveness, and challenged by their questions afterward. After growing up rather lonely in my love of fairy tales and fantasy writing, it was exciting to find so many kindred spirits gathered in the same room. I hope you all enjoy the book!

Thanks to Dr. Susan VanZanten Gallagher for inviting me to speak, and to the students who helped us relocate the event five minutes after it was supposed to start. That was a bold move, but a good one, as it allowed the crowd filling the corridor outside to join us.

I’m also grateful for the group who gave up their chance to watch Game One of the World Series, and who came to the Seattle Public Library in Fremont on a grim, rainy October night to hear about Auralia’s Colors. After the lecture hall events, it was nice to set up chairs in a circle and relax into something more conversational and low-key.

Thanks to Jesten Delph from the Seattle Public Library, who organized the Fremont event and made sure posters were hung in the library and the local bookstores, and thanks also to Henry Burton of the Fremont Place Book Company, who set up a book table to sell copies of Auralia’s Colors. (I’ll be adding that store to Auralia’s Favorite Bookstores!) It was great to work with both of you, and I hope we get to do this again.

Book reviewer Brandon Sullivan has written a review of Auralia’s Colors, and it’s out this week in the new issue of The Falcon, the newspaper stacked high at every crossroads on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.

Thanks for the enthusiasm, Brandon! 

It starts like this:

Take a look at the fantasy and science fiction shelves at your local bookstore, and you’ll notice a population of riveting adventures with titles that sound like “Dragon Flight: Path of Dawn,” “Flight of Dawn: Path of Dragon,” and the ever-popular, “Dawn of Dragon: Flying the Path: The Sequel.”

The number of truly original flights of fantasy could be counted by Frodo with only one hand — the one that’s missing a couple of fingers.

Last month, a newcomer by the name of Auralia arrived on the shelves, and unlike her clichéd cousins, she breathed new life into the bookstores rather than sucking it away.

Blogger and actress Catherine Gaffney‘s just read Auralia’s Colors!

And at Sci-Fi-Meshes, CrimsonOnline is enthusing as well…

Did you miss the Auralia’s Colors release parties?

I’ll be reading from the book at the Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library:

6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24th
206-684-4084 • 731 N. 35th St. • www.spl.org

Image journal reviews Auralia’s Colors:

The telling of this tale mimics Auralia’s delight in beauty: Overstreet’s sentences are such skillful romps through language that the prose itself seems imbued with color, best when savored slowly. Scenes are woven together like a magnificent and colorful garment. And Overstreet has created touching and complicated characters who refuse to be written off.

SuperFastReader asks good questions. I really had to stop and think them through before answering. 

She’s been so enthusiastic about Auralia’s Colors…  She’s gone beyond reviewing it. Now she’s giving a copy away, and she’s posted the conversation we had last week.

I am grateful.

Thanks, SuperFastReader!!

(exclaimed in my best “little boy thanking superhero” voice)