(Question of the day: Why does Word want to change Pelecanos to pelicans?)
It was a glorious day in Kensington, Maryland for the International Day of the Book Festival—a hundred authors hawking their wares at tables under white canopies, talking to hundreds of passing literary patrons. It was certainly a buyer’s market. And yet, in the face of this competition, we managed to sell a few copies of Well Considered and also made contacts for another possible radio interview and a speaking engagement. At the open mic, I read from Well Considered and took the terrified audience down to the bottom of a well. Once again I wondered whether I should record my novels.
The highpoint of the day for me was hearing the acclaimed crime novelist George Pelecanos read from his soon-to-be-published novel, The Cut, with the Nighthawks blues band in the background (Experience it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2TE0vs0A2mw). Pelecanos has written twelve crime novels, seven episodes of the HBO series, “The Wire”, and two episodes of the HBO series, Treme (episodes #4 and #9 so far), set in post-Katrina New Orleans. After the reading, I asked him if he works all the time. “Yes,” he said. “I’m driven.”