Monday, June 12, 2017

BooksNJ 2017

Annamaria on Monday 

It was a hot gathering  I mean like 93 degrees F HOT.  And it was out of doors.  We all had a lovely time talking to avid readers and book lovers despite the uncomfortable weather.

Here is what it looked like.

On a Saturday, while the book festival was drawing a crowd outside, the regular
library services were in full use indoors.
My MWA-NY tribe set up its tent and got ready for the  afternoon.
Cold water, sweaty bottle.
There were tents on the grounds for various topics--many of them aimed at
encouraging young readers, something libraries all over the US do a very good job of.
One tent was set up for the Keynote speakers, including the guest of honour:
Mega bestselling author, Robin Cook
Our MWA-NY star and past-President, Chris Grabenstein,
was the other big attraction.  His Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's
Library was on the NY times YA best seller list for 111 weeks! 
We mystery writers  had our own address, where our panels took place.
A lot of things had to be tied down, because it was breezy about which we were all very grateful. 
I forgot to ask someone to take a picture of my panel, so
I asked our moderator and my good buddy, Charles
Salzberg to pose in my little buggy as were were
leaving for the drive back to Manhattan.


  1. Cold water and a sweaty bottle is much better than cold feet and a sweaty brow. Looks like a lot of fun. Try not to exceed your limit.

    1. My dearest EvKa, how very Calvinist of you to insist there are limits on fun. For us Hedonists, no such rule applies. I am merely keeping a decent balance between joy and the slings and arrows that life on this gorgeous plant inevitably delivers. Joy! I absolutely will try for that instead. Do it, too. You'll love it.

    2. What do you expect of me? My father's name IS Calvin...

  2. Sounds to me that you went to some true above and beyond lengths at getting the weather gods to create a SUNSHINE NOIR ambiance for the festivities. Nice marketing, Sis.

    1. Actually, if I did that, it was subconscious and it backFIRED. It was so hot, the crowd might have wanted cold stories. My Africa ones had some appeal,though. Perhaps because it was Africa hot. :)

  3. Looks like fun despite the horrid temperature. Hope a good time was had by all, especially the writers.

    1. Thank you, Kathy. The crowd was engaged and attentive. When it comes to writers at festivals, there dispels other forms of discomfort. My tribe had a food time. We are always glad to when the clan gets a chance to gather.

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    1. Me, too, Leye. That would have made it a red letter day!

  5. You have no idea how exciting the phrase 'The drive back to Manhattan,' sounds. I am going to use that phrase more times in my life. Later in the year we are going to use the phrase, 'The drive back to Toronto!'