The event at BookPeople was AMAZING. It was standing room only, and the books flew off the shelves!
The whole evening was simply too good to be true. It was a wonderful celebration of books and community and friends and fellow space-geeks. It was a chance to talk to starry-eyed kids who are desperate to be writers when they grow up. It was a brilliant flash of distraction from everything that has happened this year.
There was even one young girl – and I am so sorry I don't have her name, or a picture – who painted her fingernails with little designs from the book. Mars on one finger, a spaceship on another. She had an entire hand dedicated to Larc's blue braces. No one has ever painted their fingernails in celebration of something I've written before. An enormous compliment!!
The liquid nitrogen ice cream went off without a hitch, the space helmet crafts were a hit with the kiddos, and the Moon Pies were gobbled up with lightning speed.
It all went by in a blur for me, and I spent much of Sunday staggering around the house, exhausted. It's been a long time since I went out and spoke – with energy and waving arms – in front of a zillion people. I am, admittedly, very rusty. But it sure was fun. It has made me even more excited to get some school visits scheduled for the fall (and I was already pretty excited about that).
Thanks to everyone who came out, and thanks to everyone who wanted to make it, but couldn't. It was a great, great, event. And, of course, thanks to BookPeople for hosting. They did a fantastic job keeping things in order, even though I think we were all a little surprised by the turnout!
The pictures below were taken by David Gilder, a very talented local photographer. I'm going to post pictures over at kaholt.com in the blog area, so be sure to check in over there…
It was a great night. I can't say thank-you enough to everyone involved!
Me being awfully smiley
making the liquid nitrogen ice cream
A zillion people – and this was still before everyone was there!