Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hangin' with the stars down in SoHo

I'm home! The trip was amazing, and I'm still processing everything I learned to try and make it into a coherent post. I picked up a head cold somewhere along the way which is has me pretty foggy, but I hope to have something up by the weekend.

To tide you over, though, two fun things: Over dinner Tuesday night (at a restaurant devoted to CHEESE...more on that happiness later) I learned how Julia Child separated egg yolks (with her hands...eww), and heard an impassioned plea for a mandatory national recycling policy that involves goats eating our garbage. I'm still not sure how this will work in the city, but I guess if they can make counter tops out of old beer bottles, it's not too much of a stretch to envision a mountain goat living on our back stairs, munching on my discarded boxes from Amazon.com...

And (to explain the title of this post before I dive back into the NyQuill): I went to SoHo for the first time, because the lovely Alison Pace told me that McNally Robinson Books is a great place to do a book signing. (And, well, because "I went down to SoHo this morning" is just plain fun to say). As I was wandering through the stacks, I heard a deep, familiar voice. It was not (as those of you who have peeked at my manuscript might suspect) the voice of God, but rather the voice of John Elder Robison, author of Look Me In The Eye, brother of Augusten Burroughs, and one of the most generous blogging-about-the-publishing-business authors ever.

I'm a dork, so I introduced myself. Not only were he and his wife extremely gracious, but when I mentioned that I was in town to meet with my publisher and (among other folks) their lawyer (memoirs are vetted pretty carefully to avoid litigation), John spent the next twenty minutes or so offering thoughts and advice on being a first-time author and how to avoid legal issues. Amazing.

I had no real camera, just the phone. But here's a picture:



And...John will be in Boston tonight! If you're in the neighborhood, come on out to Brookline Booksmith at 7pm. His NYC reading received the first standing ovation of the year at that store, so it should be pretty good :)

22 comments:

Jane said...

Oh my goodness...you lucky girl! John had left a comment on one of my posts. My son has Asperger's and John must have done a search on the blogs to find Asperger's blogs to help promote his book. I went and visited his blog and discovered his book and his connection to Augusten Burroughs who happens to be one of my favorite writers of all time! I ordered John's book immediately. I'm still waiting for it and when it comes, I'm diving right in!

Sarakastic said...

I can just see the goat eating garbage backlash now "Just because they can eat tin cans, doesn't mean they should". Glad you had a good trip!

L Sass said...

Awesome! I'm so glad you had a fun time!!

I adore that book store, by the way, but unfortunately my life seldom takes me to SoHo. LSass = not glam.

Patti said...

could your life be any cooler?!

kim said...

The hair looks great -- not a lick of pink left.

And how cool of a bumping into of someone is that? Very cool.

Larramie said...

Echoing Patti, you're flying high!

Appletini said...

Sounds like na amazing time! John does seem like a sweetheart :)

Stephanie said...

OK! STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!

At WHICH restaurant devoted to cheese did you eat?

CHEESEAHOLIC MINDS WANT TO KNOW!!!

And if it is Artisanal, the restaurant/wine bar/etc. that is attached to the Artisanal Cheese Shop, then you went to one super-kickass restaurant...

LEstes65 said...

And will you still talk to us little people?

Beck said...

That is so much fun! Getting to meet writer's I like - well, it doesn't happen. But I imagine that it was a thrill.

angelawd said...

I admire your bravery. It's cool to introduce yourself to a stranger and then get 1/2 an hour of their best advice! Way to go on the productive trip!

Swishy said...

Look at how cute you look!

JenKneeBee said...

sounds like it's time for me to look into joining the goat herding business. thanks for the insider tip!

john left the nicest comment on my blog a while back ago and when i followed the link back to his blog, I was so surprised to see that it was a famous, successful author.

Kim Stagliano said...

Trisha, that's fabulous. John and Unit 2 (as he calls his wife, read the book to learn why) are delights. And good luck with your memoir.

KIM

Stacy said...

Soho and meeting John Elder Robison? What an awesome day!

A Life Uncommon said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well... seems to be going around.

But your life as an author certainly sounds exciting! I love reading about how authors went through their publishing process.

Very cool.

Clearlykels said...

I miss having goats, but I don't think they'll fit in my apartment.

Sounds like NYC is wonderful!!!

Jenny said...

No way!! I'm reading his book right now and it's excellent. What exciting adventures you're having in NY (love the flip flops).

Larramie said...
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Larramie said...

I'm back, Trish, to tag you for A Book Meme.

Jen A. Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! If you want to pitch me about your book closer to the pub date, you know how to reach me!

Jen
downtheshorewithjen.blogspot.com

Nap Queen said...

That is sooo cool! I read Dry a few years ago, and just finished Running with Scissors. I can't wait to read his brother's book!