Yesterday was three interviews, six or seven stock signings (they started to blur together at the end) and an evening event where people from all different phases of my life showed up.
But I’d really rather talk about the election.
I voted for Barack Obama by absentee ballot before I left on this tour. It was my proudest moment as an American. I figured that my job was done at that point. Most people I’ve met on tour have been supporting Obama, except for a guy who worked for the McCain campaign I ran into in an elevator, who made the mistake of remarking that I must be pleased about McCain’s choice of Palin as his running mate because I am a woman.
That was a fun conversation.
I figured that after yesterday’s hectic schedule, I’d sleep like a rock. I did not factor in how much I am worried about America. I woke up about every half hour, praying for Obama’s victory, for his health and safety and that of his family, and for the future of our country. I don’t think I have ever prayed in my sleep before.
Back to the Tour Updates….
My other interviews were on the phone for radio stations. Not much of a visual in that.
The stock signing at an independent bookstore in Baltimore didn’t work for reasons I still don’t understand, so my Author Nanny, Tim, drove me around MD, DC, and VA signing stock at various Barnes & Noble stores. This is the one in the old power plant at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
As we drove from store to store, I kept thinking, “I’m in DC! I’m at the heart of our government!” But really, I was in the passenger seat of a car, and Nanny Tim and I discussed if we could trust the voice of his GPS. She spoke in a British accent. Very fishy.
Jama Rattigan came out to my evening appearance, she of the celebration soup.
TODAY’S EVENT: Not really an event, but you can catch me at my stock signing around 12:30 pm at Politics & Prose, Wash. DC, 202-364-1919
TOMORROW’S EVENT: Tomorrow is a school-visit day, but I’ll sign stock at BookEnds, in Ridgewood, NJ, 201-445-0726