My first reading and book-signing for SILVER SHOES at the Mystery & Imagination Bookshop yesterday was a smashing success, if I may be so bold as to say so myself.
The reading went very well and many people were “buzzing,” asking lots of (very good) questions, and buying books afterwards. What could be better?!
The Mystery & Imagination Bookshop. 238 Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA.
Signing away! Before the signing even starts, actually. :)
A lovely Oz-themed cake with ruby slippers on the top. I received a HUGE apology from the cake provider, Robyn Rhodes-Knutson, that they weren’t silver!
Paul Bienvenue talks about his (really beautiful!) “Book Collector’s Guide to L. Frank Baum and Oz.” It’s both a reference book and a coffee table book with terrific full-color photos!
Robert Baum (a great-grandson!) and his wife Clare, in character as L. Frank Baum and Maud Gage Baum, peforming a sketch about Frank’s creative process inventing Oz. Truly charming!
Willard Carroll speaking about his book entitled “I, Toto,” a first-person biography (aka, dog’s eye view) of the life of Terry the terrier, who played Toto in the MGM film “The Wizard of Oz.”
Jane Albright of the International Wizard of Oz Club introduces me to the audience.
The reading commences!
Wonderful friend and former co-worker Carrie Brown poses with me for a photo op after the reading!
What a fascinating man! Bob Baum, great-grandson of Oz author L. Frank Baum. We had an in-depth conversation after the event. Best of all (okay this is selfish), he bought two copies of my book and had me sign them for him. I was truly humbled and honored, and I look forward to seeing him again soon to continue our conversation. Oh, and the (very cool) tie pin he is wearing here is a gold lion’s head with emerald eyes that was custom-made for his great-grandfather!
The book display for SILVER SHOES in the Mystery & Imagination Bookshop in Glendale! It’s front and center (for now), right as you walk into the store. Before I left, I signed all of these copies. Now they’re just waiting to be bought! :)