A week ago, Denis and I headed to The Poisoned Pen for their Customer Appreciation Party. Since this was a Saturday, Denis had to request the day off, so you know he was looking forward to it. This was a party, not an author event; there'd be plenty of food, drink, swag bags, and Craig Johnson, Margaret Coel, and William Kent Krueger were going to be there to party with us (and sign a few books, too). As we pulled into the parking lot, we saw that a small section of it had been roped off, and tables, chairs, tablecloths, and flowers were rapidly being brought out. (We showed up unfashionably early to make sure we got a parking spot for our vehicle and a couple for our behinds. We know how these authors can fill up the bookstore with fans!)
We were right; the bookstore filled up quickly, and author Rhys Bowen made an appearance, too, which made the party even more special. It was fun to hear the buzz when the authors walked into the bookstore. This is going to be more of a pictorial blog post since it wasn't a formal author event, and that means that I don't have much more to say.
I do feel slightly guilty about not saying more than hello to Bowen, Coel, and Krueger, but I feel that I had an excellent reason for not doing so. The second Craig walked into the store, people started crowding around him with their stories and their books. Guess where he asked to sit in order to chat and sign? The small table where Denis and I were seated! Boy howdy, I wasn't about to turn loose of my ringside seat-- would you?
Let the festivities commence!
|L to R: William Kent Krueger, Barbara Peters, Margaret Coel, Craig Johnson|
|Plenty of nibbles|
|Susan (L) tending the bar|
|Partying outside. Can you spot Kent Krueger?|
|Can you spot Margaret Coel? The tall man on the left is her husband.|
|Early birds waiting for the stars.|
|Kent Krueger signing books.|
|The buzz grew when these three appeared. Rhys Bowen is on the right with Krueger's hand on her arm. Coel is in front of Barbara Peters, who has her back to us.|
|Even Barbara Peters (L) is getting into social media.|
|Oh oh... I've been spotted by the man in the hat!|
|Craig Johnson getting writer's cramp.|
Craig was looking even slimmer than he did the last time I saw him, and I found out why. He's always wanted to go on a mule ride down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and he learned that everyone has to weigh in the night before. Fully clothed, including hat, boots, and sunglasses, 200 pounds is the weight limit. "I haven't weighed 200 pounds since I was in high school!" Craig told us. This past Tuesday night Craig weighed in at 195 pounds, and I couldn't help but remember that he'd said, "When I get back up to the top, there's a pizza and a beer waiting with my name on 'em!" I'm looking forward to finding out if he enjoyed the ride, the pizza, and the beer.
|Those red bags are the swag bags every customer received. An ARC & all sorts of goodies were within!|
|The yellow bag contained these books. Don't mind the vertigo-inducing angle of the photo!|
Denis and I had so much fun. In fact, I'm still smiling about it!