Connie brought out the new Polaroid Camera she just got. It takes tiny pictures and Jon and I were her first subjects.
We were at Battenkill Books again today. Jon’s been going there almost everyday since Connie got a shipment of 1000 of his new book “Talking To Animals”.
Jon will sign every one of them.
Jon’s book tour officially starts next Tuesday, May 2nd with a reading at Battenkill Books at 7pm. Red will be there and we’re thinking of bringing Fate too.
Sometimes I think I get more excited about Jon’s book tours than he does. But I know that once he gets in front of an audience, no matter how big or small, he’s right where he wants to be.
And I get to listen and see how his talk changes as the days go on. How he perfects them, and though no two are exactly alike, he always gets to make the important points and tells the good stories. It’s true I often take my sketch pad and draw while he talks, but it’s not due to boredom as he jokes, for me, it’s a better way to listen.
One of the reasons Book Tours are so much fun is because Jon never gets nervous. So we get to have a good time before after and during the talk. Jon’s always professional when it comes to his work.
Years ago, he had a talk in the middle of the day, on a weekday, at a bookstore in Connecticut. There were only three people there. Just the week before he was in Austin Texas speaking to a crowd of 1000 people. Without hesitating Jon went to each person waiting and asked them to pull their chairs in a circle and instead of a talk, it was a conversation. We all had a good time.
On Wednesday we’ll go to Albany where he’ll be on Vox Pop, a talk show, on WAMC. And on Thursday he’ll give a talk at the Annual Connecticut Library Association Conference, at the Mystic Marriott. Red will be there too. On Saturday the 6th at 3:30,Jon will give a talk at the Chatham Library in Chatham NY.
There are more events, but they’re spread out over the next couple of months.
The other part of the Book Tour is that I get to see some of the people I know too. Those people who know me through Jon’s writing and the people I know through my blog and business.
Jon and I came together through our creative lives. So when Jon writes a new book, it’s a big deal. Like an anniversary or a holiday. It’s one of those things that marks our lives.