Okay, first, I found Rilke on Black and I was happy about that, because it isn’t easy to track books from Serpent’s Tail here all the time. That alone qualifies my day as decent.
But I was also at a chain bookstore and had a great conversation with a staff person there. She saw me looking at Ken Bruen books and came over to tell me how wonderful they are and how much she loves Ken Bruen. It was a Bruen lovefest, right there in Indigo.
I did admit to knowing Ken, and I told her I’d be interviewing him for the next Spinetingler and gave her the website address for Spinetingler. Then we ended up talking about Ian Rankin, and she was saying how everyone she’s talked to agrees The Naming of the Dead is his best book.
Then she asked if I’d met Val McDermid, and Reginald Hill, and Minette Walters. Two out of three, yes. This woman was obviously an avid reader, as she had things to say about each author, and she had a number of positive things to say about Minette’s latest, The Devil’s Feather. I’ve heard good things elsewhere, and now it’s being bumped up the tbr list.
As though I needed any additions for the new year.
But I must say, it was very cool to meet someone in a bookstore really passionate about books. So from Janice at Indigo Southcenter to Ken, Ian, Val, Reginald and Minette, you’ve got a fan there talking up your books. I can’t imagine a better Christmas present for an author. Other than a zillion figure book deal, I suppose.
Of course, our good day shopping had to be karmicly balanced by Kevin getting sick. This makes night #2 of the holidays, neither one we’ve slept through. I sure as hell hope Santa keeps it quiet when he gets here tonight.
Happy holidays everyone.