Book Tour Day 6 Report – Ohio friends are the best

Short entry because it’s late and the day starts early tomorrow.

It did not start early today, thank goodness. I enjoyed a lovely breakfast, read my book, talked to family members and chilled until it was time to leave for Dayton. When I got there, I was shocked to see an actual crowd. On a Sunday. The bookseller was happy, the author was happy, the readers were happy. Happy, happy Dayton.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This is just one section of the crowd, The Extreme Readers Book Club from Ross, Ohio. Thank you Jen Rettig and Alyssa White for bringing the group!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I was moved to tears by these two, Sue and Georgina Grant. I met them 19 years ago when Sue’s family and mine moved into the same neighborhood. Our girls played together for years.

After Dayton, I hopped in the car and headed for Columbus, Home of the Movie Version of Speak. I was certain that few people would come out. I mean, come on – a Sunday night? During March Madness? With the event held in a high school? I had low expectations and felt bad for the bookseller.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Once again, Columbus came through for me. We had 125 people who wanted to spend their Sunday night with me. It was a magnificent audience (waves hi to the kids in the back row) and I wound up talking for more than an hour. bananagirl19 posted about the presentation on her LiveJournal. Many of the people there were teachers. One was Ann Laubach, who I grew up playing with as a kid in Syracuse. (Small world, eh?)

“But,” you exclaim in wonderment. “How could that be? The Georgetown/UNC game was playing. How could you have missed it?”

Once again, my LJ friends came to the rescue. toomuchtv37 had her mom texting her throughout my presentation. Every ten minutes or so I would point to her and she gave us all an update on the score. I talked and talked and signed a lot of books and the game was tied at the buzzer. And my girl toomuchtv37 kept me up to date. And, then? And then! She came up to me with the glorious news – Georgetown won!!!!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Bless you, toomuchtv37. Bless you, and your mom, and modern technology. Hoya saxa, indeed.


12:00 PM
Speaking at Lapeer West High School (not open to public, sorry)

Sponsored by:
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114 E. 4th St.
Rochester, MI 48307

7:00 PM
Signing at Southfield Public Library (yay! open to public!)
(event location) 26300 Evergreen Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076

Sponsored by The Book Beat
26010 Greenfield
Oak Park, MI 48237

3 Replies to “Book Tour Day 6 Report – Ohio friends are the best”

  1. I was more than happy to update you!!! And very happy for you that they won. Of course, now it’s a totally different story. GO BUCKS!

    Basketball aside, it was great meeting you today and the presentation was AWESOME. (You totally convinced my sister that she needed to read your books, so she stole my copy of “Speak” when we got home.) Oh, and you made us both all teary talking about your teacher at the end!!!

    (And I must also give a shout-out to my friend, , who was also texting me score updates.)

  2. Aww.

    I wish I could have gone to something that you had more time for, cause school meetings are just too short.

    Anyhow, this is just to tell you that I’m Lauren Morris. You met me at Lapeer West Highschool this afternoon. I had to make a new livejournal account. *Sad*

    Anyways I hope we can actually talk, even though I know you’re busy with touring and all that. Good luck with it, by the way!

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