This was my virgin reading! The book launch in January was utterly successful, with about 100 people, but it was not the kind of reading you do with a circle of chairs at a book shop. So I started out by asking how many writers there were -- about a third of the 15 or so folks who were there. So they were interested in the back story.
Most wanted to know, too, about the story of how I came to forgive the boy (man) who murdered three of my family. So I did read some of that chapter. But we had lots of rich conversation, and I got to know the folks who came by. This is what I was hoping for when we sheduled a few local readings. Nothing will be canned. It will all flow organically, depending on who's there, and what they want to hear about. It worked well.
A couple of days before the reading, I had an idea: I took lines from the book that can lead us toward forgiveness, cut them up, and offered them from a long-stemmed glass as fortune cookie fortunes on forgiveness. Everyone loved that idea! For folks who bought books, I also offered a loving-kindness meditation that is not in the book and that was composed by Thich Nhat Hanh.
I'm really looking forward to our reading in Waynesville in a couple of weeks! And Malaprops in March. See News and Events.