It's a rare day when Craig Johnson is in town on one of Denis's days off. It was one of those rare days last Wednesday, so we both got gussied up and headed on over to our favorite bookstore, The Poisoned Pen. We knew we had to get there early because the place is always packed for him, but even though we were more than two hours early, several people had gotten there ahead of us. Denis and I didn't get our usual seats, but I think the ones we did get were better. Well, Denis may disagree, but more on that at the end!
Host Barbara Peters came in early, leaving Craig in the backroom to sign towering piles of books. As she told us, "What we do out here in the bookstore is only the tip of the iceberg. We ship books all over the world." While Craig signed and signed and signed and... Barbara filled us in on the events that are coming up during the month of October. I'd already seen the lineup on the website, and it looks as though I'll be back to making regular trips to The Poisoned Pen!
One of the events will be held in a tent out in the parking lot. It's a party for The Poisoned Pen's own Patrick Millikin and his anthology The Highway Kind. You won't believe the authors who'll be there to sign the book!
|L to R: Barbara Peters, Craig Johnson|
There was quite a crowd when Craig finally put down his pen and joined us, and as you can see by the photo above-- stretched out legs and feet crossed at the ankles-- everyone got comfortable and sat back to soak up every syllable the man spoke. Craig Johnson is a born storyteller, and when you walk up to him to have him sign a book, he's more than happy to talk with you as long as you'd like. The man never seems to run out of steam.
As I sat there, I made a decision. For once, I was going to sit and enjoy every syllable Craig spoke, too. I wasn't going to have my head down scribbling away and consequently not soaking up every little tidbit. So I didn't. Instead I'm sharing with you the Livestream video of the event so you can get every bit of it for yourself.
Want to know how Craig decided to include an MRAP and an orange Plymouth Challenger in An Obvious Fact? Watch the video. Want to know which people Craig's characters are based on? Watch the video. Want to know what Craig's next book is about? Watch the video because there is so much more.
It's the next best thing to being with me at The Poisoned Pen!
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