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.
My daughter and I went to a book signing last week. We went for sushi first
Edamame trio – plain, garlic, and chili lime
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.
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.
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)
5. Grumpy Monkey
by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang (Random House)
9. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Erica Serge and Simon Carnell (Riverhead)
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.
The above linked article is an interview with the author of Book Towns, 45 Paradises of the Printed Word. I feel like I need to read the book and go visit each of these places. They look wonderful!
Bay Area Book stores
The above linked article talks about Independent bookstores in the Bay Area. They are still thriving because of hand picking the retiring owner’s successors.
I believe in supporting local businesses, and the bookstores are certainly worth supporting. I still have many to visit, and that makes me happy.