Book Fest Car Signing and Pig Roast at Cisco Brewers 2013

Good Times and a bevy of authors. May start to run out of room in 2014 at this rate…

Margaret Wrinkle was first:

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Followed by Meg Nolan von Reesma:

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David Kirby:

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David Means:

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NoViolet Buluwayo:

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Charlie Graeber, in an invisible spot you must work very hard to see…

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And last but not least, the amazing Vaddey Ratner.

 

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Lisa Genova signed in the dark April 2013

 

 

 

The wonderful Lisa Genova was on hand in the Great Hall of the Atheneum to discuss her novel LOVE ANTHONY in conjunction with the island’s Autism Speaks organization. Afterward she signed the MINI, though my iphone was not up to the task of capturing the moment. I did manage to have a nice glass of wine with Lisa and her wonderful assistant afterward though. Cheers to Lisa’s next book!

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First Nantucket Book Festival Car Signing Pig Roast at Cisco Brewers 2012

If we had only known how much work it would be to put on a book festival we… would most likely do it all over again. It is a gargantuan effort but at the end we get to accumulate a few more signatures for the car 😉

The first in 2012 was the amazing Jack Gantos, who did a wicked cool skull on my driver’s side door.

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Next was poet Sophie C

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My shy favorite teacher of all time, novelist and memoirist Peter Scott:

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Poet and lyricist Wyn Cooper:

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The island’s tallest author and U2 fan, Peter Brace:

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And one of my very favorite friends slash authors, J.R. Moehringer:

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Who I had just seen in NYC at Book Expo a week earlier on stage with Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith. Image

 

The Clive Cussler that Got Away

I was so utterly star-struck by Clive Cussler that I forgot to ask him to sign the car. It’s pathetic but true… while he was in Mitchell’s I hid, only to realize the folly of my ways and chase him down the street for a picture. Here he is with his lovely wife, who I think agreed to come back possibly someday for Book Festival. Who can remember details.

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Here he is with me. My body was there to prove it happened, though my memory is faint. Why I was so verklempt by this particular author is a mystery… I guess it has to do with youth and rockstardom.

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The best part of this visit was that I sent him over to Bookworks to sign a book for my dear friend and co-worker Cristina’s brother-in-law Cliff Johnson, who is possibly (okay, definitely) an even bigger fan than I. Clive Cussler, Prince Among Men, signed the book “To Cliff, the biggest adventurer of us all.” Is that not the best dedication you’ve ever heard?!? I defy you to beat it.

Geraldine Brooks & Tony Horwitz – June 3, 2012

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I remember that it was June 3, because that’s my birthday and it was a huge treat to have these illustrious visitors from the Other Island (Martha’s Vineyard). CALEB’S CROSSING was new that year and hearing Geraldine speak about it was a highlight of my bookselling life to date. How cool to have this power couple on hand to sign the MINI, oh and to speak at the Unitarian Meeting House.

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I love that after the event, Geraldine went shopping at my friend Beth English’s wonderful shop CurrentVintage, and came back to Mitchell’s in the cutest dress ever.

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