Ever since I've been writing mysteries, it's been a wonderful winter ritual to attend the holiday party at Kate's Mystery Books. It was always a mob scene, but terrific fun and a reunion for writers and readers. It was also a chance to buy what I think is the best holiday present, a book signed by the author.
Kate's Mystery Books, alas, is no more, but the community Kate built there with members of SinC and MWA lives on. Last night, the tradition was rekindled at the New England Mobile Book Fair. Three hours of books and friends, old and new, in a book-lover's paradise. Here are a few pictures:
Yay! Signing Akashic's Boston Noir and Cape Cod Noir.
Miles of books!
Here the thing: When I was a kid, my father used to make deliveries near the NE Mobile Book Fair. If I gave him the titles, authors, and publishers, he'd bring back books I asked for, and once or twice, we met him there for lunch. It was awesome. I'd never seen so many books before in my life (the closest comparison I have now is to Strand Books in NYC).
Last night, I went back as an author signing books with my short stories, which was strange and wonderful, another kind of reunion. I wish everyone great books and great friends for the holidays!
P.S. Today, I received the ARCs of my newest book, Seven Kinds of Hell, which will be out in March from 47North. If you leave a comment, I'll draw a name randomly from the list to receive an ARC! Don't forget to check back to find if you've won!