Sunday, April 24, 2011

Author Event with Sarah Blake

Sarah Blake author of THE POSTMISTRESS

I certainly had my fair share of book events last week (which is rare here in Central Pennsylvania!) I had my April book club meeting, the Rebecca Rasmussen event, and another little event -- a luncheon with Sarah Blake, author of THE POSTMISTRESS! In honor of National Library Week, The Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries hosted a luncheon featuring Sarah Blake. It was a wonderful time!

My good friend Sam, the owner of Aaron's Books, worked with the Council of Friends to help bring Ms. Blake to Lancaster. She had her hands full with the event and she was looking for some help to man book sales. As soon as I figured out daycare, I offered to help -- I swear in my next life I'm going to work at a bookstore!

The event was amazing and I thought it went very well. There were over 400 attendees, predominantly female, and it seemed like almost everyone had read (and enjoyed) the novel. The venue was gorgeous and the food was surprisingly good! There was also a raffle of gorgeous baskets to support the library system. Of course, I didn't win anything, but I was excited that Sam did -- it's almost as good as winning when a friend does!

Needless to say, I was thrilled for the opportunity to be at the Sarah Blake event, but Sam had another surprise for me! I got to sit at the head table with Sarah Blake!!!! Squeeeee! Ms. Blake was incredibly gracious and had a wonderful sense of humor. I couldn't help but love her. After we ate, Ms. Blake read from her novel and then spoke to "Writing Historical Fiction: Behind the Scenes." I really enjoyed her talk and I now have even a greater appreciation for her novel. She also answered quite a few questions and hung around to sign books.

All in all, I had an amazing time and can't wait for the next Friends event. They announced at the luncheon that next year, Geraldine Brooks will be the speaker! Squeeeee again!

8 comments:

iwriteinbooks said...

Oh what an incredible day! And, wow, I just can't wait to read your post next year; I love Brooks!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I am just amazed at all the author action there! You are so lucky! We don't get any by me unless an author has relatives here!

Beth Hoffman said...

The Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries is one of my absolute favorite events of my entire 13-month author tour! And meeting you and Sam in person was the icing on the cake.

So glad you had a lovely time and got to meet Sarah!

bermudaonion said...

What a fun event! I just love sitting at author's tables, so I know why you squealed!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Oh that is SO COOL. I loved that book. And you not only get Blake but Brooks? Serious amount of friendly jealousy going on here.

Alyce said...

What a fantastic event! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time!

Beth F said...

Wow!!!! How exciting and wonderful that you sat at Blake's table. Wow, wow, wow. And next year is Brooks? So cool.

Anna said...

So cool that you were able to sit at her table. Glad you had such a good time.