Last night, Wednesday, Jan. 30, was a great night at VHOB. Helene Wecker, author of the award-winning debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni, came to the store. She spent some time explaining how the novel came to be and even how she ended up in Northern California (after growing up in suburban Chicago and with stints in New York and Seattle). She's a very engaging speaker, and everybody thoroughly enjoyed what she had to say. In fact, there were a ton of questions before she signed books.
And what was really cool about her presentation was the readings. She read excerpts of how the Golem and the Jinni came into being. She gave us just enough info to make us want to read it. Oh, wait, I've already read it. And I wanted to read it again! Those who hadn't read it yet definitely had their appetites whetted. We're very glad that Helene came.
P.S. There was a very neat development for Village House of books last night. We had 5 people come to see Helene who had never been to the store before. Among them were a couple from Palo Alto and a woman from Los Altos. Keep 'em comin'.
P.P.S. We had more people in the store last night who didn't get into the picture.