Last Tuesday, One More Page Books welcomed Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters, for a reading and signing. The weather was quite atrocious: we were in the midst of a thunderstorm.
As always, I arrived early as to avoid traffic. My boys & husband (who was celebrating his birthday that day) joined me for the event. We were all just hanging out in the store, waiting for Rebecca to arrive.
Then, a huge bolt of lightning blazed across the sky. Within minutes, the fire alarm system in the store started blaring. You know the sound: loud blips that cause your brain to ache? Yep, that’s it.
Rebecca arrived within minutes of the alarm going off. By this time, we were all outside in the horribly hot & muggy day. Two fire trucks arrived (one of the high points of the evening). After many minutes of waiting, we learned that the sensor for the fire alarm was under water and the firemen were unable to shut it off. We would have to wait for someone from the building management to turn off the alarm.
By this time, it was well past the start of Rebecca’s reading. The alarm was still blaring. She had several adoring fans (including me) who wanted the event to go on. So, we all eventually moved across the street to a delightful Italian cafe who had a room large enough to accommodate us all.
Rather than read a passage from the book, Rebecca decided to answer questions from the group. She discussed her motivation/inspiration for the book, her experience in writing and selling the book, etc.
All in all, I think this was one of my my favorite signings. All the unforeseen circumstances (rain, fire alarm, etc) served as an icebreaker, allowing us all to feel like we were old friends. Overall, a wonderful experience.
I didn’t take many pictures, but you can view several at One More Page Books’ Facebook page. You can see the humidity in some of the pictures!
Thank you to the lovely staff at One More Page for keeping it all together, and to Rebecca for being flexible in how/where her event took place!
In case you missed it, here’s what happened on the blog last week: