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Friday, June 11, 2010

A CONFESSIONS Party

The Catherine cake
On Thursday, June 10, we held a book party to celebrate the publication of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici. The event was held at my favorite San Francisco independent, Bookshop West Portal, which has been incredibly supportive of me and my work. Most authors know that bookstores these days are under a lot of pressure due to the state of the market in general and online discounting in specific; however, bookstores remain integral to our business, for these are comprised of actual human beings who recommend, hand-sell, and promote books to in-store customers. Without them, we'd be wholly dependent on the impartial automation of the online world, where titles sit among thousands of other thumbnails.
Readers!!
The party was great, well attended, and lots of fun. My partner and I served a cake with the book cover in frosting (raspberry and chocolate; it was divine), wine, and cheese; we held a Catherine de Medici medallion giveaway and of course the store sold books. I want to thank everyone who came and the bookshop personnel for their incredible generosity. I'm posting some photos here of the event; if you'd like a personalized copy of the book, please do contact the store. I'll make sure to go and personalize the book for you. Otherwise, there are currently signed copies available and they can be sent to you. Thanks to all of who came and to all of you who were there with me in spirit!

7 comments:

lizzy J said...

I love the cake and wish I could have been there. We would have had a blast. Congrats on the much deserved success.

Daphne said...

That cake is really cool - I would have hated to cut it! Hope things continue to go well with the book.

Marg said...

That cake looks awesome!

4everQueen said...

What a nice party, and the cake looks as irresistible as your novel, Christopher! Best wishes in your Blog Tour :)

~Bella

C.W. Gortner said...

Thank you all! I wish I could have flown you in :)

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