Book Tour Day 4 Report – Part 2 – Hot Miami Bookstore
This was the first of FIVE bands that completely rocked the house. These are The Corrupters. (See the guy in the Nirvana shirt? He signed his guitar pick for me.) The other bands were Raffa & Ranier, The Skamatics, Three Beef Burrito, and a couple whose name I can’t find in my notes. And DJ Brian Brooks spun music (from the TWISTED playlist, thank you very much) in between sets. Did I mention the 400 people? They came to dance, to chat, to eat free pizza, to win raffle prizes, to hang out with me, and to be a part of a rocking night. The music was very good and very loud. Many parents sought refuge in the cafe. This is Mitchell Kaplan, who owns the store. About 125 people squeezed in to hear my talk, which took place while the bands were trading places. Approximately one billion books were sold. Maybe not quite that many. But close. And a couple hundred teens saw a bookstore as a great place, and a whole bunch of families affirmed reading as a priority. Countless teachers heard me thank them for using contemporary YA novels in the classroom. I don’t know how much pizza was scarfed. I did not dare brave the starving hoards. Wow. Thank you Emily, Cliff, and Mitch for simple everything, and thank you Miami for a day I will never forget. Tomorrow’s events: Wake up too early. Go to airport. Get on plane. The right plane. Fly to Ohio. Meet the author schlepper du jour. 12:00PM Signing at Blue Marble Bookstore 1356 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue Ft. Thomas, KY 41075 859-781-0602 3:00PM Signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-731-7770 5:30 PM Stock Signing at Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore 3054 Madison Rd Cincinnati, OH 45209 LATE BULLETIN!!!! It’s going to be Georgetown against UNC on Sunday for the East Championship!!
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