LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
150,000 bibliophiles filed through USC campus over the 2014 weekend, and a few Dodger fans found their way to the UCSD booth, where I was representing with other alumni authors. Having gone to UCSD and USC myself, it was the best of both worlds. As usual, made fast friends with lots of readers. Thanks to Jennie Van Meter for running such a smooth ship... er, tent!
Well, the Dodgers couldn't quite squeak out a win on Vin Scully Bobblehead night. But there was good cheer in the hours leading up to the game. How could there not be when there was a rainbow outside? The signing took place in the right field parking lot gift shop. I gleaned some great stories from longtime fans. Thanks to the Dodgers for making this happen.
COSTCO - MARINA DEL REY / CULVER CITY
At the risk of overusing baseball puns, this one was a solid hit -- the equivalent of a two-bagger in the power alley. Costco employee Enrique (left photo) is, hands down, the #1 Dodger fan I've personally met during my book tour and even helped stir up interest with his enthusiasm -- the Dodgers' PR should hire this guy! Thanks to all who made it and the gang at Costco.
COSTCO - LOS FELIZ
Several things to report from this book-signing: Three people asked if I played for the Dodgers (I wish); Sandy, the traveling saleswoman in the booth next to me selling pull-out Beds, paid for a copy even though she had zero interest in the Dodgers (thank you, Sandy!); and the signing itself almost got cancelled due to a blackout that knocked all the power out of the store right before my event was supposed to begin (after customers were cleared out, the inside looked like the aftermath of a zombie mall takeover in "Dawn of the Dead"). Fortunately, DWP came through and the power held up for the next 2 1/2 hours!
BARNES & NOBLE - THE GROVE
This book reading and signing at the Grove was a great turnout and a lot of fun -- we packed the room! Huge thanks to Lita, decked out in her Dodger blue shirt, our field manager of the night, making sure everything ran smoothly. Props to Shane Levey, for taking home the most peanuts and Crackerjacks for correctly answering Dodger trivia.
Here's a Pop Quiz during my reading, with an ode to Dodger Stadium peanut vendor Roger Owens. Excuse the vertical framing -- it's from my friend's iPad!
STORIES BOOKS & CAFE
1716 W. Sunset Blvd.
Echo Park, CA
Thanks to all who attended this event. Owners Liz and Claudia broke out the peanuts and Crackerjack, and Alex rocked the register and the house, blasting the Minutemen and Replacements as we prepped, two of my all-time favorite bands. A loyal crowd cozied up under heat lamps and gamely listened to my tales of childhood torment and recreated Vin Scully play-by-plays.