That apology is for those of you who showed up for my signing at M is For Mystery . I was driving in to that event from Santa Cruz. It normally takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get from Santa Cruz to San Mateo but then normally a big rig doesn’t turn over and cause what looked to be an 8 car accident. That plus a little construction turned a 45 minute drive into a 3 hour commute. I had budgeted extra time but not three hours worth and I ended up not getting to M is For Mystery until 3:00. My signing was scheduled for 2:00. Again, I can not tell you how sorry I am about that! If you came and would like your book signed please email me privately and maybe I can find a way to make that happen. I did eventually get to M is For Mystery and I had a wonderful chat with it’s owner, Ed. I of course apologized to him as well but I want to do it one more time (this time in print). It was very kind of him to host me and I feel awful about my extreme tardiness.
On the flip side I want to thank all of you who came to Alexander Book Co. on Friday! And an extra big thank you to their special events coordinator Bernard! I love Bernard! It’s not just that he’s fun, sweet and a great host but he’s one of those few people who knows how to disagree without being disagreeable. We have different feelings about the “African American” section in bookstores. I think African American sections unnecessarily pigeonhole a lot of books that would otherwise appeal to readers of all races and he feels that the section encourages the support of Black readers who would otherwise miss the books that are written from a perspective they find easy to relate to. I only mention this because Bernard and I had a discussion about this. Not an argument, not a debate, a discussion. Neither of us changed our minds but we respected one another’s views and sadly that’s a rarity these days. It often feels like people are become less and less tolerant of dissenting opinions and that is not only sad but it is actually dangerous. We don’t all think alike and if we can’t accept that as being okay and even advantageous for a society that wants to continue to prosper, we are setting ourselves up for trouble.
But this is not Bernard’s problem and I actually had a great time talking to him. If you live in the South Bay check out his public access TV show on channel 29, Bernard’s Book shelf. I guarantee you it will be informative and entertaining!
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