So what are you doing Friday night? I'm going to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ for their nineteenth anniversary celebration. It will be nineteen years to the date on Friday, Oct. 3, and I'm sure Barbara Peters, the owner, will have something special planned.
I know she has a special author coming. Dennis Lehane, author of The Given Day, will appear at 7 p.m. to talk about his book. I already have my first edition to get it autographed, and sometime on Saturday I'll have my event summary posted.
I'm looking forward to meeting Dennis again. It's been ten years, and he won't remember me, but I invited him to serve on a panel for the inaugural Lee County Reading Festival. He demurred at first, saying he didn't have a current book out to promote, but he was working on one. However, I talked him into it, and he served on a panel with James Hall and Jan Burke, which was moderated by Les Standiford. My most interesting memory, though, was emailing Dennis. He always answered me instantly, so I thought maybe he was looking for an excuse to stop writing. When he was on the panel, he summarized the book he was writing, Mystic River.
Dennis Lehane will be returning to Ft. Myers, Florida in March to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the festival that has grown to be the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. However, I'm glad I'll be able to see him Friday night. It will be a perfect way to celebrate the nineteenth anniversary of The Poisoned Pen Bookstore.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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