We rolled into Berkeley Tuesday evening after four days on the road, and Stella immediately announced, “I love it here. This is where I’m going to live.” I don’t blame her.
We spent Tuesday evening with my friend, the fabulous Mary Hill. I’ve gotten to know Mary’s family through her writing, but I’d never met them, so it was so lovely to be able to sit down and share a meal with them. Stella and Zoe and Mary’s daughter, Ruby, became fast friends.
And now we’ve commandeered Mary’s house while they are out of town. We’ve spent time walking the secret steps of Berkeley, and D and the kids explored the UC Berkeley campus yesterday while I was at a Twitter party at the Viva/Cleis offices yesterday. (It was so great to finally meet the wonderful Viva staff that got Use Your Words out into the world. I feel so lucky to call them my publisher.)
Then last night we met the wonderful Janine Kovac at her house for dinner. After dinner, Janine and I left our spouses and kids to fend for themselves, and we headed into San Francisco for my reading/discussion at Good Vibrations. I’d never presented in that kind of venue and it was a blast. Thanks to everyone who came out.
I’ve had a couple of interviews with local newspapers, which has been really exciting. Here’s Tuesday interview with the San Francisco Bay Guardian. And today’s interview with the Marin Independent Journal. Whoop!
Today, we’re headed down to San Jose to see D’s step-brother and his family. They moved out here last year, and the girls are dying to see their cousins again. So it’s a family day today, and then I’m back to the tour.
If you’re in the area, I’d love to see/meet you at the other Bay events I have in the next few days:
August 3 – 11 am, Towne Center Books, Pleasanton, CA – Use Your Words Discussion
August 3 – 7 pm, Books Inc. – Alameda, CA – Use Your Words Discussion
August 4 – 10 am – 12:30 pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA – Use Your Words Workshop
Happy day, everyone!