As many of you are aware, I really hesitated if I should to hold my October 15 book launch at all. I explained my soul searching in greater detail in this blog post, but to summarize, I felt it might be tone-deaf to hold a celebration during these dark days in Israel and Gaza. But in the end, I decided to go ahead with it. And as the following photos show, it turned out to be a wonderful event.
I’m so thankful for everyone who showed up for the party – all 40 of you! – and hope those of you that didn’t will enjoy these images.
We started off on a somber note, talking about the situation in Israel and Gaza. I think I hid it, but I nearly broke into tears at one point.
That was followed up by Carolyn Dempsey’s beautiful rendition of Psalm 137, By the Waters of Babylon. She let us know that this was based on a 17th century round, popularized by Don McLean and the Weavers.
Judith Lindbergh, my business partner in The Writers Circle and my dear friend, introduced me via the medium of “Michelle by the Numbers.” This was a humorous nod to one of my major flaws, numbers and dates – and explained some of the numbers important to my writing life.
I then had a long list of people to thank for their contributions to the novel. It takes a village – and I love and am so very grateful for mine!
Finally, it was time to sit down and be “in conversation” with my muse, who is also my son, Alex Cameron. I hope the audience enjoyed the banter between us as much as I did!
Question and answer period followed – both from index cards written before the event and then questions from the crowd.
It was time for cake! I’m delighted that the Bake Shop in Summit did such a stellar job with this creation – and thank Mally and Kim for taking charge of cutting slices for everyone.
And it was time for book sales. My son, Geoff Cameron, who just happens to be the mathematician in the family (he didn’t get that from me!) took charge of my brand new Square, collecting money on my phone – as well as making change. And we sold out!
While he sold, I signed. And of course, every author on the planet dreams of the long signing line….
So it was a wonderful day – as my friend Mally wrote me: “That was just the warmest, happiest book launch event I’ve ever had the good luck to attend.” I hope everyone else felt the same – I know I did!