Tomorrow is the long-awaited first book-signing of Legendary Locals of the Long Beach Peninsula – at Adelaide’s, 1:00 to 3:00 o’clock! Little did I know when I made the date that it would be sandwiched in among personal appointments, necessary meetings and a funeral. But, come to think of it, those unrelated events are what make up the activities of this community, just as the book is about people who are at the center of it all.
I’m excited about the book-signing in all the usual ways. It’s kind of like holding an open house. Will anyone come? What should I wear? Will there be familiar faces? I go through the same angst each time a new book comes out and I always wonder if other authors do, too.
This past year we’ve gone to two book-signings. One was at Murder by the Book in Portland where we met Craig Johnson, author of the “Walt Longmire” series; the other was at Time Enough Books in Ilwaco where we listened to our friend Bob Pyle tell about his latest book. I thoroughly enjoyed both occasions.
In each case, the authors were well-known, the events were standing-room-only, and their remarks were extensive and infinitely interesting. I should have taken notes! Not that any of the aforementioned circumstances will be similar, but I always feel a bit at a loss when it comes to the what-to-say part.
Maybe tomorrow will be different. It seems logical that many of the legendary locals, themselves, will be there and that will surely shift the focus away from me. And, in our small community – even in our greater community – everyone will know everyone. That will be the icing on this particular cake. I really can’t wait.