Well, Lamb lost the best paperback of the year to The Secret Life of Bees, which I totally expected. I didn’t, however, expect The Da Vinci Code to win book of the year, and I probably shouldn’t have shouted, are you all fucking idiots? at the banquet.
I did get to meet Chuck Palahniuk and chatted with Ridley Pearson for a while, which was nice. Didn’t get to meet Dave Barry, which I had really hoped for, but I was talking to readers and Dave sneaked out.
The best part of the evening for me, however, was when Louise Erdich, who I had never met, came walking by me at a party and said under her breath: “You shoud have won.”
Louise is a hero of mine, and I couldnt’ have asked for a nicer compliment. I was verklempt, which, as you guys know, I seldom am. She has that amazing bearing and grace, that self-assured coolness that allows everyone to be who they are without affecting who she is — well, I turned to Charlee and said, “That’s what an author ought to be like. She and Alice Walker shoudl give a seminar.”
So there you are. Great, great booksellers — too many to mention, but it’s great to be around a whole convention center full of people who love books and reading.
Again, it’s late, and I have an early morning. There are some tour pictures on the web page under “Fluke Paperback Tour.”
Drive Thru Please….