Last night (August 21, 2014) I read from my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars, for the first time in public.
Use the player below to hear the entire reading which consists of me being introduced to the audience, my brief intro about the novel, me reading for about 30 minutes, and then a question and answer session.
The reading took place at Book Passage, a fantastic book store located in Marin County.
I had quite a large audience and it was a great crowd. There were old friends, new friends and folks who I guess read about the reading in the Marin Independent Journal.
Dana Kelly, who works at Book Passage introduced me, and it was quite an introduction, You can hear it in the audio clip above. Dana really made things easy for me.
It’s quite an experience to stand in front of an audience, folks who have no idea what they’re about to hear, and start reading. I could not have gotten a better response. People laughed at the funny parts, got quiet during the section of the final sex scene that concludes the book that I read, and applauded when I finished reading.
Who could ask for more?
Questions were asked during the Q/A part of the reading, and many books were bought.
I was surprised and pleased that John Goddard showed up. All during my youth John owned the best record store in the world, Village Music in Mill Valley. I first heard Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith and many others in John’s store.
Me and my friends would hang out there and it was always an education. My openness to new music to some extent comes from hanging out at Village Music and hearing so much “new” to me music as a teenager.
John and his store are mentioned in my novel. It meant so much to me that John showed up.
The folks at Book Passage were fantastic. From the first time I contacted them, right through last night’s reading, they made everything so easy. Book Passage is an excellent store. I’ve bought many books there and if you’re in Marin, or passing through, they’re just off 101 in Corte Madera and I highly recommend you stop in. In addition to books, and readings almost every night, they have a cafe where you can get food and/or a glass of wine.
And they’re got autographed copies of True Love Scars for sale.
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