Book Tour, part one

October 29, 2011

Today’s Special:  Steak, Egg, and Cheese Bagel.

I got the bagels in Ann Arbor last week, the first stop on my downstate book tour.  It seemed good in a special way to be back in Ann Arbor where I went to college in order to talk about SOUTH OF SUPERIOR.  There was a nice feeling of accomplishment and circularity to it.  Also it was fun.  I saw my sister and lots of friends and was treated to a lovely dinner party and ate at the Northside Grill twice and bought some cool notebooks to write in as well as some new shoes that may or may not turn out to be as comfortable as advertised.  So far not, but I keep hoping.

Dinner Party at Mike and Karen's

Lunch at the Northside with Lisa

The Northside Grill (it was the Cloverleaf 25 years ago when I was on grounds crew at the Burns Eye Clinic, right across the street)

Breakfast at the Northside with my sis, Mariann

My talk and signing was at Nicola’s Books, an impressive, wonderful store. I remember specific titles I’ve gotten there over the years:  The Journals of Lewis and ClarkSaving GracePopulation 485.  Lot and lots of books about writing.  Also a salt and pepper shaker shaped like a snowman and snowlady riding a sled, a snowglobe, gorgeous wrapping paper, and calendars.   Right next door is Barry’s Bagels, where I was always a devotee of the double garlic.

It was a rainy Thursday night, and Lynn, who greeted me, told me very kindly not to feel bad if the crowd was small, that it’s hard to get people to come out in the rain.  I told her okay and meant it sincerely, because so far I’ve had a lovely time at these events no matter what the turnout,  small, medium, or large.

I’m humbled to say that the turnout was huge.  It was an amazing audience replete with good questions and comments and warm smiles.  My thanks to everyone for coming.  Also, thank you Jane for the delicious ginger cookies, and thank you to the woman who gave me the cranberry walnut bread that I’ve been enjoying with coffee in the mornings all week.  In the hubbub, I am sorry to say I lost track of who you were but I think of you daily.

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6 Responses to “Book Tour, part one”

  1. Paige

    How exciting! I’m happy your tour’s gotten off to such a good start.

  2. ellenair

    Thank you, Paige!

  3. Denise

    We were thrilled that you came to Ann Arbor and visited with us at Nicola’s. It was a great crowd with a lot of good questions and comments. Glad you made the time to visit your old stomping grounds from your UM days!

  4. ellenair

    Me too, Denise. I had such a good time!

  5. David Ruby

    Ellen, it was great to come to Nicola’s and hear your thoughts and responses. I was very sad to have missed you
    at the Northside. (It is truly rare that I would not be there
    two days in a row, but I had scheduled time off to do fall cleanup for my garden clients.) But I hope you had a good time and I appreciate the photos of the Northside. I love my second home!
    Dave from the Northside

  6. ellenair

    David, I had a great time in Ann Arbor: at Nicola’s, at the Northside, everywhere. I’ll catch you there next time…


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