Reading Recap: Annie Bloom’s Books

Audience: About 30.
Anxiety index: 6 (out of 10).
Books given away: Wickett’s Remedy by Myla Goldberg and South African and leading anti-Apartheid figure Ahmed Kathrada’s Memoirs.
Surprise guest(s): Loggernaut‘s Jesse Lichtenstein.
No. of Moroccans who said hello: 2.

I wrapped up the West Coast leg of my book tour last night at Annie Bloom’s Books, here in Portland. A reader in the front row took copious notes throughout, which I suppose is both flattering and intimidating. It’s not the first time it’s happened at one of my readings, and yet I’m just not used to it.

I also had a great time during the Q&A because the audience was so engaged–lots of interesting questions about the book, the research, immigration, the process of writing, etc. Great crowd.


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