Friday, October 18, 2013

Helene Wecker at the JCC, Los Gatos - Working Backwards

The 3rd of the 4 straight nights was at the JCC in Los Gatos.  Helene Wecker was the featured (and only) author for a new JCC program called "Schmooze with the Author" (for all of you who are not well-versed in Yiddish, it basically means to shoot the breeze/chat). And that's exactly what we all did.  We chatted.  As you can see in the picture, the chairs were arranged in a circle.  She was introduced by the JCC employee in charge of the event, and then Helene spent about 10-15 minutes talking about her journey to becoming a published author.  After that, it was opened up for questions.  Just like Jamie the night before, there was no time limit to the question and answer period.  2 hours were allotted for the whole event, including book signing.  It was more than enough time, but all of us got to ask the questions that were on our minds.

I read The Golem and the Jinni back in April.  I liked it a lot.  I gave it a 3.0, which is a very solid rating for me.  It's another debut author/novel that hits the mark.  We're very fortunate here in the Bay Area to have so many talented authors.  Helene is definitely in that group.  This is the 2nd time I have seen her (the 1st time was at Rakestraw Books in Danville earlier this year), and I have learned something new about her each time.

And here's a very important piece of news:  Helene is coming to Village House of Books on Wednesday night, January 27, at 7:00.  Her book comes out in paperback earlier that month, and VHofB will have both hardcovers and paperbacks on hand for your reading and signing pleasure.  Mark your calendars.  She's delightful.

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