Monday, August 25, 2008

Book Signing at BYU Bookstore, by Lael Littke

Nancy, Lael, and Carroll with new friends from Australia

Last Thursday, Nancy, Carroll and I signed our three-novel series, The Company of Good Women, at the BYU Bookstore--during Education Week! The final book, Surprise Packages, had been out a few weeks, joining its sister books, Almost Sisters and Three Tickets to Peoria.

Signing during Education Week is always an adventure, starting with finding a parking place near the Wilkinson Center. Nancy, who was our chauffeur, definitely had parking karma. She found us a spot just across the street from the WC.

Finding our table in the bookstore wasn't hard, either. It was marked by a big sign featuring each of our names. There were stacks of all three books on the table, as well as signing pens and the always appreciated bottles of water.

No sooner had we settled down than faces from the past--my past, mostly--came by. Cousins, former students, old friends, a man who'd grown up in my East Pasadena Ward, my Denver roommate from when we were career girls there. Nancy's niece and her four delightful children also stopped by.

Then there were new friends, one of whom we'd just shared a table and a Subway sandwich with. We were thrilled when someone would stop, snatch up a copy of Surprise Packages, and exclaim, "At last! It seems like I've been waiting for this forever!" And when readers who'd already purchased the book stopped to say, "I loved it--it was the best of the series."

A final delight just before we left was meeting a mother-daughter set from Australia. We were on our way out, but they heard us talking and recognized us from having seen the signs above our table. We stopped to visit for several minutes because they were so delightful. Books were sold, pictures taken, e-mail addresses exchanged, invitations given. 

Then it was over, our fifteen minutes (actually a little over two hours) of fame. But from it we harvested new friends, great memories, and a vow to write another book together so we could do this again.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE the name of your group! And your books sound delightful. I read your interview on Marsha Ward's blog. Keep on writing! I'm adding your books to my TBR list!

Heidi Thomas

Wight Family said...

I'm so glad that you had a great time at BYUEd Week. Did you happen across a Karen Bastow with the Square Foot Gardening idea? She is the lovely woman who brought me your book when I needed it most and helped me fall in love with you all. I wish that I could have been there to see you! I was retreating with my Relief Society sisters so I couldn't join you. Our next book club books are your series! We need some more love and a dang good read.
Thank you for adding more than a book (or three) to my library! You've added to my heart!
~Vicki Wight

David G. Woolley said...

Well done on the BYU bookstore signing. I think that is likely the Queen of all LDS bookstores. Everyone has been there at least once. Thanks for the update...

Jim said...

I wish I had been there. It's fun having a celebrity in the family.