Got the first 501 book event under my belt at, appropriately, my hometown bookstore, Watchung Booksellers. About 20 friends, neighbors, and supporters to listen to me drone on, reading a few passages from the book (I quickly learned what not to do in the future -- less reading, more extemporaneousness), and having some great dialogue/questions from the assembled. It was also nice to have my wife, Faith, there with a couple of bandmates, providing music before and after the talk.
And in the "small world department," turns out one of the booksellers is the wife of a "kid" who was in my bunk as a counsel0r at a camp... in Quebec...in 1976. They live a couple of towns over now. What are the odds?
Next up: A discussion of baseball literature with Filip Bondy, sports columnist for the New York Daily News at the Montclair Public Library, on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m.
Bonus! Some Zapruder video of a reading from the introduction: