The Amherst B&N had a really eclectic group of bibliophile-patrons; there was an area, near the signing, with an indoor fireplace surrounded by wooden chairs where you could sit and read by the fire. I came to the store early and was amazed at how many people come to the store as a social outlet--people were meeting to study, do homework, discuss books, and of course, come see an author/editor give a talk! The Starbucks was right near the area set up for the talk/signing so as the talk continued, patrons were drawn to the sitting area. The atmosphere was wonderfully casual and comfortable; people came and went as time allowed. I found it a terrific venue for a talk, where I could really get to know Twilight fans better.
Earlier in the day, I had opportunity to talk briefly at Niagara County Community College, located about 10 minutes or so from the Amherst B&N off of Niagara Falls Blvd. NCCC is a terrific school with a great English faculty; my thanks to Suzanne Buffamanti, Ian Stapley and Jim Murphy for their gracious hospitality.
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Quick True Blood & Philosophy Update: The Introduction is titled, "If a Tree Falls in the Woods, it's Still a Tree, Ain't it?" from one of the final episodes of Season 2, where Jason talks to Andy about their heroism during the Mary Anne debacle. The first sentence includes another Jason Stackhouse quote: "I just want to lick your mind....." :) And the rest of the book is just as delectable--I promise!
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Thanks, again, to Dawn and Jim at the Amherst B&N on Niagara Falls Blvd! Thanks, also, to the fans--you are terrific Twilighters, and I enjoyed getting to meet you all!