St. Louis

I just returned to the hotel after a wonderful time at the St. Louis County Library, and I thank Tess, Jim, all the librarians, Barnes & Noble for selling The Silver Boat, and all the readers who came out to see me. It is humbling and moving to be on book tour, far from home and cats, and to be so kindly greeted and embraced.  From the minute I stepped off the plane and met lovely author escort Elaine Bly (at left,) I felt the warmth of St. Louis.

I stopped into Tami Scott's wonderful studio for hair and makeup on my way to KPLR afternoon news for an interview  with Melanie Moon.










There were many memorable moments tonight.  The crowd was great, and as always, I felt so happy to meet my readers.  I love the Q&A part of each evening.  Tonight people spoke about their mothers, their sisters, their own dreams of writing.   Meeting each person was meaningful in its own way...I always enjoy the moment when signing a book, when we can look into each other's eyes and say a few words.  Sometimes tears are shed, and tonight was one of those times.

Special thanks to some Facebook friends who came a long way to see me.  I marvel at the fact that these women have become true friends of mine.  First I spotted Nancy Duckworth Coombs in the audience.  (From left, Nancy's daughter Liz Coombs Bouley, Nancy, and me.)






Later, when Susan Kellogg King asked after my cats, I recognized her--and her mother, Sharon Teagarden-King sitting beside her--from their Facebook photos.

(From left Susan, Nancy, Sharon, and me.)

Nancy, Sharon, and Susan and I share a New England--particularly Newport--connection.  The Kings (including Don) brought me a shell-covered box of Second Beach sand.  I'll treasure it!  Most of all they, and Nancy, and my other readers brought me love and support, and for that I'm so thankful.  It's hard to know everyone's name, but checking my Facebook fan page right now I see Kelly Berkley Ramsey and Liza Bascom have posted.  Sorry if I've left anyone out!

The St. Louis County Library is an extraordinary place--they have readings nearly every night:  Mary and Carol Higgins Clark, Nathaniel Philbrick, and James Stewart this week alone.  I'm honored to be among their well as the company of so many wonderful readers, librarians, and booksellers.

The weather was dramatic.  During my breaks I loved watching the light change over the city, the Mississippi River, and the Gateway.  Here is the view from my window just before I left for the library:


With Love to Librarians and Booksellers

Now that The Silver Boat is on sale, I have the pleasure of being on book tour, meeting readers along the way. I had a great kick-off event at R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison CT.  R.J. Julia has supported my novels since the early days, and I'm incredibly grateful.  They took a chance on me relatively early in my career, promoting my novels and asking me to read.  

There have been other constant supports along the way.  The Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme CT is one--every summer for many years, whenever I had a new novel out, librarian Mary Fiorelli would create a wonderful, imaginative event--I would read or give a talk, sometimes by the fireplace in the library's wonderful reading room, surrounded by paintings done by American impressionists, members of the Old Lyme art colony.

Writing a novel is its own kind of magic.  But the enchantment goes to a new level once the book is in the hands of a reader.  I'm so grateful to all the booksellers and librarians who have helped bring me and my readers together.  It's incredible teamwork all around.  I would love if you'd leave a comment here, telling us about your own favorite bookstores and libraries.

I'll be appearing in Charleston SC at the Post & Courier Book and Author Luncheon on April 21st.  Between now and then I'll be guest-blogging, doing radio and TV interviews, including Better TV--my segment airs tomorrow, 4/13; please check their website to find out where you can see it in your area.

After Charleston, my book tour will take me out west.  I'd love to see you!  Thank you in advance to all the wonderful book people hosting me and coming out for The Silver Boat.

Madison, CT                          R.J. Julia / 7:00pm                                                              Friday, April 8

New York, NY                       Barnes & Noble (Upper East side)/ 7:00pm         Monday, April 11

San Francisco, CA             Belmont Library / 7:00pm                                               Tuesday, April 26

San Diego, CA                       Warwick’s / 7:30pm                                                            Thursday, April 28

Los Angeles, CA                   LA Times Festival of Books                                             April 30 / May 1

St. Louis, MO                        St. Louis County Library / 7:00pm                             Thursday, May 5