Book Signing, 9/26 – Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson

In conversation with Jacqueline Woodson, Jasmine Guillory

I usually just skip over the ads for book signings when I see that they are Tuesdays or Thursdays, since it interferes with class. Thankfully, this time my cousin drew my attention to this one.

I knew Jasmine Guillory from her book signings and I have read her books. My cousin was thrilled to be seeing Jacqueline Woodson. Perfect event for us!

Before the reading, we went to dinner.  We parked after circling the block.  We got out of the car and ran to the restaurant.  Then, we ran to the book signing.  When we left the book signing, neither of us remembered where the car was parked, so we had a little adventure looking for it.  We found it within a few minutes, though.

It’s always a fun evening with my cousin.

Book signing 9/18 -Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?

My daughter and I went to a book signing last week. We went for sushi first


Edamame trio – plain, garlic, and chili lime

Miso soup.

While I stood in line, my daughter ran over to the pet store across the street. I saw someone get out of a car that looked like my cousin. It was! We didn’t know the other was attending the event.

My daughter came back a little confused, since it wasn’t planned. She didn’t want to be in the photo.

A copy of the book.

The front of the store.

When we got the books, they were already signed. The author was allowing photos, but my daughter and I decided to pass. My cousin stayed for her photo, though. It was a great evening.

A day out with my daughter

Yesterday, I was planning a quiet morning at home before a family party in the afternoon.  My daughter got a message that a neighbor was having a giveaway of books and games.  “Take what you want.  Don’t make a mess.  Everything left after 3pm will be given to Goodwill.”  Ok.  We checked it out.  I got a bunch of books.  My daughter got games, books and trading cards.  It was a productive outing.

Around the corner was a noodle house that I wanted to try.  It was small and there was a wait.  It was delicious.


green onion pancakes

seafood and fresh noodles

shrimp and chive dumplings

Radish cakes and sesame cakes

We drove a few blocks to the bookstore.  There was a kid screaming excitedly to go into the “library.”

I got a ticket for the Sept 18 event.

We went home and put our purchases away.  Then we headed off to a family party at the bowling alley.

I scored a 71.

July 2019 best sellers, per City Lights Bookstore

I have two of these, heard of two more.  I will have to look up the rest.
Bestsellers for the Month of July
Hardcover (Adult & Children’s)
1. Little Boy: A Novel by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Doubleday)
2. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel by Ocean Vuong (The Penguin Press)
3. The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
4. Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
5. Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang (Random House)
6. The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How they Communicate––Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben, translated by Jane Billinghurst (Greystone)
7. Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney (Hogarth)
9. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Erica Serge and Simon Carnell (Riverhead)
10. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells (Tim Duggan)
1. The Grave on the Wall by Brandon Shimoda (City Lights)
2. There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange (Vintage)
3. The Sympathizer: A Novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove)
4. The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers (Norton)
5. Conversations with Friends: A Novel by Sally Rooney (Hogarth)
6. Deer Trails: San Francisco Poet Laureate Series No. 7 by Kim Shuck (City Lights Foundation)
7. The Immortalists: A Novel by Chloe Benjamin (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
8. In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (Coffee House)
9. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial)
10. Found Audio by N.J. Campbell (Two Dollar Radio)

Afternoon dinner

Several months ago, my daughter chose a restaurant for her birthday dinner.  Her friends rejected the idea, since it was a seafood restaurant.  I promised her that we’d go sometime when there were fewer of us, since it was on the expensive side.

As I was leaving work on Monday, I realized that it was just my daughter and me home for dinner, so I suggested that we go to the restaurant.  They started us with edamame.

It was early in the day.  I didn’t realize until after we’d been seated that happy hour didn’t start for another half hour.  We decided to just go for it, since we weren’t expecting it, anyhow.  I had blood orange margarita and my daughter had a Thai iced tea.

We ordered calamari and brussel sprouts as appetizers.

I had the fish tacos with the salad, and my daughter had the special plate with a filet, crab cake and coconut shrimp.  She had fries and coleslaw with it.

We went to the bookstore across the street, Green Apple Books on the Park.  I figured it was perfect timing, since we were there.  My meetup group will be going for a book signing in a few weeks, so it worked out well.   There is no restroom there, but there is a reading room.   Huh.  I bought nothing for myself, but I got a book for my daughter.

We were going to go for ice cream, but we were kind of tired by the time we finished at the bookstore, so we headed home.  We were home in time to get the garbage out before dark and then to relax the rest of the evening.