That sound you just heard was the universe tap dancing.
Back when I was first published as a novelist (it was a few years ago… the No. 1 box office draw that year was Clara Bow) Northwest public libraries were incredibly good to me. I got offer after offer to do speaking gigs, even though I was so low on the totem pole that there were no publicity dollars from my publisher, Bantam.
I refused to take money from libraries back then because, you know, Measures 5 and 50 had stripped cities of any serious funding. I told one library that I would speak for chocolate chip cookies. Word spread, and soon platters of chocolate chip cookies appeared at every speaking engagement. I loved that.
Local libraries even bought my third book, which was printed in England. The pound sterling vs. the dollar made that book very expensive to buy in the States but the librarians around here did it anyway.
Libraries have been very, very good to me.
Now comes news that I’m doing a panel on March 26 when the Public Library Association comes to the Portland Convention Center! This, despite the fact that “Crashers” won’t be out until June. Again: Librarians doing me a solid favor. Love them.
As soon as I know who my fellow panelists are, I’ll fill you in. In the meantime, I get to gather with librarians from throughout the United States. This is very, very cool news. They know from literature. I know the coolest happy hours in Portland. There’s no way this ends well.