Claire’s novel, The Smart One and the Pretty One, hit the bookstores in early September, causing her to fill up her calendar with readings at local bookstores and festivals hoping to find new readers and entertaining those of us who read everything she writes. She always serves great hummus, so I tag along; amazing how far I’ll drive for free hummus.
I especially looked forward to the reading at Book Soup, one of Los Angeles’ premier bookstores. I moved to Los Angeles 19 years ago, but I never stopped by Book Soup. I’ve purchased from them, they sell books at cultural programs all over the city; I’ve attended dozens of lectures or events with a book tie-in and Book Soup sets up a table to sell the relevant book. While a fan for years, I just never made it to the store (in my defense, I lived a few blocks from Dutton’s). Read the rest of this entry »