WHY attend a bookstore reading?

~ my own constellation of reasons ~

escape the screens and refresh

it's fun to take along a friend and then nosh it over at dinner

take care of holiday and birthday gift shopping (preferably with the featured author's book)

see writing friends (if they happen to be there and if not, oh well)

leave postcards for my own books at the cash register (if I happen to remember and if not, oh well)

take notes on the audience's hairstyles and body language, (my favorite writing exercise)

portfolio diversification: an autographed first edition can turn out to be surprisingly valuable!

meet the author and get a sense of the book beyond the book."

 —Yours Truly