It is fitting that my final days as a guest blogger on Powells.com were spent in Portland. Yesterday, I met Dave
, the man behind the scenes at Powells.com, for a snack at the new conveyor belt sushi place
a few blocks from the Powell's Burnside store. As I kept my eye on the sushi whisking past, I had a chance to chat with Dave about the authors he meets, his MFA in fiction writing, and the strange and wonderful world of books. How fun and amazing Dave's job is, I thought, as we talked about all of the writers he meets every week.
After sushi, we walked down 10th Avenue to a café. Dave pointed out the new condos and restaurants that have been going up and gave me a good sense of what it's like to live in Portland. We sat down with our coffee and talked music. Then, I pulled out my book and made him pose. Here he is, all smiles!
He's such a happy guy!
Then, it was on to Powell's, where I had to pry myself away from the books and go upstairs to the Pearl Room so that I could read. I have to admit, I really wanted to get lost for a few hours.
But then I saw the audience and I knew that it was going to be a fun reading. There's a sort of excitement that certain readings have, and these people were exuding it. I pulled out my camera and snapped a picture of them. Aren't they GREAT?
I had a chance to chat with some of these fine people after the reading. I wish I lived in Portland!
On the way out, I picked out a Powell's t-shirt, a little something to remember my great day in Portland.
Then, I walked back to my hotel, swinging a bag of books I'd bought (and now have to somehow get into my suitcase!). I can't wait to get home, to read them!