The inimitable John Lent hosted for us. I'd hoped to talk him into reading one of his poems, but no such luck. Almost got him into a Benedict Cumberbatch mask, though. I ended up making a last-minute choice to read from a chapter about Daniel's courtship of Rebecca. More singing! The album is going to drop anytime now.
I was especially happy that my friend Mary Ellen Holland was there. A helpful critic and reader of drafts, as well as a brilliant teacher, she also has a Ph.D. in Fairy Godmotherhood. There's nobody quite like her. (She's going to hate this.) So much goes into writing a novel; so many people help with ideas or readings or talk about anything other than writing. On this book tour, I've been lucky to see my editors and agent, and now my homies. Thanks, everyone.