|Old writer dude and Samaire Wynne, owner of Black Raven Books|
Jake, owner of Rioja, took this photo of Ms. B.
and me just before the festivities commenced.
Samaire Wynne, good friend and the owner of Black Raven Books, came down from Martinsville, VA, for the event. My daughter, Allison, was in town, so she came too. I made up a bunch of appropriately themed tickets and scrounged up some door prizes, which included a couple of bottles of wine and a number of my earlier books — including Blue Devil Island, The Monarchs, West Virginia: Lair of the Mothman, and others. Things were scheduled to get started at 4:00 p.m., and — sure enough — the traffic flow began right on time. Before we knew it, Rioja was completely filled up, and we had wine, food, and books flowing all over the place. Naturally, I was hoping we'd have a good turnout since it meant significant sales for both us and for Jake, and we were so not disappointed. As far as I could see, Jake was hopping great guns the entire time, and we sold bundles of books. Everyone in the place seemed to enjoy themselves, and Ms. B. and I got to see many friends, old and new, from just about every sphere of personal influence — former officemates, geocachers, writers, artists, supper club mates, friends of friends... you name it.
|Devaluing a book for friend Diefenbaker (a.k.a. Scott)|
|Friends Mark and Kelly... Do they know what they're in for? Probably not....|
|Chad has already given the book a look. Tina has not.|
|Shiny happy people... or something|
|The crowd moves in.|
Friend and former co-worker Heather happy to have snagged a copy.
Little does she know....
Photo by James Lyons
|Door prize tickets|