Tonight I had the pleasure of reading at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. I wasn’t sure what to expect on a Friday evening, but it was a happening place, with live music outside, two back to back author events, the cafe so full there wasn’t a seat, and a great audience at the reading. We passed two street parties on the way there. It’s warm enough to walk out at night in just a sweater. I always love reading at Books & Books, which has a great ambience, books to the ceiling, and a staff passionate about their work. That was equally true at the Brookline Booksmith in Boston, where I read last night, and at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, both wonderful and thriving stores, each with such a distinctive character.
The Lake of Dreams is an Indie Next Pick for January, and I thank all the terrific independent booksellers across the country who loved The Lake of Dreams and voted for it.