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The Way Your Words Find Each Other

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You see why I love Amy Lou Stein? And Joetta Maue! Photo by Aram Comjean.



happy book day

My mother took some of our family and friends out for dinner at Veggie Galaxy beforehand. They surprised me by singing “Happy Book Day!” Great food, great service, as always. Photo by Kelly Turley.


On Saturday night people gave me cake and flowers and chocolate and Vermont maple syrup and hugs and some of the sweetest compliments I have ever heard. It was a beautiful night and I’m so grateful to Mackenzi, Porter Square Books, my awesome family who traveled for hours to be with me, and all the rest of you lovely souls who came out to celebrate the new novel!



The signing line! Photo by Aram Comjean.


Everything went smoothly—the only thing I forgot was the cupcake menu, so I just clarified which ones were gluten free and told everyone that if they didn’t finish every single morsel on the table (cupcakes and lollipops) I would be extremely disappointed in them.

They did not disappoint.

The raffle was really fun too. There were three themed tote bags with Taza chocolate and Porter Square Books gift cards: Frankenstein, Jim Henson, and veganism. (I’ll tell you more about the tote bags in my cupcake post.) In a supreme stroke of irony, the girl who won the vegan tote bag is named Maren, and she is already a vegetarian. Sometimes life is just too hilarious for words.

A friend of a friend came to the event, and at the afters at Five Horses we got to chat a little. He said something to the effect of “I know I don’t know you, but hearing you speak about yourself and your work, I felt like I did. I really appreciated the way your words find each other.” That was a powerful moment of self actualization for me—having someone I don’t really know yet tell me that they see me exactly the way I want to be seen, as someone kind and approachable and enthusiastic about life.

(Of course, having the launch dress and sweater come out TOTALLY AWESOME helped my confidence quite a bit too, haha.)

The other thing I should note: this launch event transpired nine years to the day my lovely agent called me long distance to tell me the good news about Mary Modern. March 14, 2006! I feel so good about what I’ve written, what I’m writing and all that I have yet to write. 



Is this the only photo I have of me and Mackenzi?? I wish we had posed for one! We will remedy that at HER launch in September. (Photo by Aram Comjean.)



After Five Horses we all walked back to the apartment my family had rented and I, too happily exhausted to walk home again in the cold, laid down a bunch of sofa cushions and fell into a blissful sleep under the dining room table. (We did talk about my being quirky during the Q&A. I don’t have to try, I just do things and only notice afterward how weird they are.)

More photos coming soon in cupcake, launch dress, and cute lacy cardigan posts!


1 Comment to The Way Your Words Find Each Other

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    March 16, 2015 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Wha a great night! So proud of you 🙂

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