TWO DAYS IN LA
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.
We only did two full days of press and events in LA but for some reason it feels like a week. All of it fun. All of it energizing and life affirming. We pretty much go from early morning until night. And LA being LA a bunch of that time is spent in transit.
Day two started with KTLA Water Cooler Buzz. It’s the the number one morning show in LA. We had both done it before on our own for different projects. It is the most welcoming and enjoyable of sets. Not sure what they do differently than others, but they do it well.
A big surprise was Vicki Abelson’s Women Who Write. We were not really sure what this was. We were told lots of writers do it, so just show up. The night before I asked my friend author Christina Haag what it was like and she said, “Just go and have fun. They will love you guys. Welcome you. Buy books and be totally interactive.” And she was right. Vicki runs a salon for writers. She gathers mostly women in her home in Montrose, CA, she gives them lunch, has musical entertainment, (Paul was part of that this week) and has writers come and talk. And she gets an impressive group to show up.
The thing about Vicki is she is so ebullient and passionate about what she does, the whole room picks up her vibe. In terms of just sitting and talking and sharing and getting feedback, this was a room that was hard to beat. When people respond with that level of emotional intensity it is impossible not to absorb it and send it back to them. Thank you Vicki and all of your group for making us feel truly welcome.
The truth is they were beside themselves with glee to have Paul there. But by the end women were coming up and hugging me and loving me and they just embraced me with as much enthusiasm as they did him. It was a memorable few hours.
We got a little break in the afternoon, but last night we had a reading at Barnes and Noble at The Grove. A very different group than that afternoon. But that is what you find when you meet group after group of people – each brings their own energy, pathos, curiosities and engagement. I actually dropped the ball on the photos. But we want to thank Lita and the fine folks at Barnes and Noble who hosted a lovely reading for us.
Our last event in LA was The Luncheon Society. We are scheduled to do several of these in various cities, so check our events in case we are doing one in your town.
I took this off their website.
Instead of a conversation that takes place in a cavernous hall, these are conversations that take place around the table so you’re in the thick of things, right in the middle of the experience.
In a world where talking points can quickly escalate into shouting points, The Luncheon Society offers something unique—a place where elevated conversation rules the day. Its unadulterated and unfiltered; it’s all for your enjoyment.
The luncheon society was started in 1997 by Bob McBarton, you can go on their site and read about it. It’s an interesting story. But Bob gathers about 25 people to have lunch with and just exchange ideas with writers. They sell books there, you talk about your book over lunch in a relaxed setting where the writers and the guests get to know each other. If today was any indication of what they rest will be like I am looking forward to them.
So far we are doing them in New York, San Francisco, (where they started) and Seattle.