I know it’s been a few months, but I did manage to put together a slideshow for the Unbound 2017 event. Very special thanks are due to Kerri Lotven, my friend and colleague, who agreed to come out that day and shoot lots of great photography of my friends and me at the event.
The experience was a very positive one for me. This was the first time I came out and presented my writing to the public, at a very prestigious event. The Unbound Book Festival is still in its infancy, yet for its sophomore attempt it managed to draw some world-class talent. The keynote speaker was Salman Rushdie, and there was an incredibly impressive tableau of bestselling authors from around the globe who came to speak and meet readers in our little town at the event. It was extraordinary to showcase that kind of quality talent at an event still so fresh and new to our community. Major props to go Alex George, program director, and his board.
For me, it was exciting not only to be releasing book #3, but preparing all the materials and assorted swag that I wanted to offer at my new table. I ordered custom pens, stickers, a limited run of t-shirts, and lots of books to sign and sell. I also had a table runner printed, along with bookmarks and business cards. The vendor who sold me the pens was impressed when he found out I was writing books, and he offered to throw in two new shirts with the Cortanis logo embroidered on them, one of which I wore at the event. (Thanks, Steve!)
It meant a lot to me that my family came in for the day, and my good friend Lisa Banks, who was one of the first people to encourage me to write way back in high school. She stayed the whole day and came with us for dinner that night before my folks had to head back to St. Louis. It was so cool that she could do that. It really does feel good getting that kind of support from my family and friends, especially when doing something like this which is so far outside my comfort zone.
Anyway, sorry for the delay, but I really wanted to show Kerri’s work off in a slideshow and this summer hasn’t been generous to me as far as free time goes.