Sides did a 45-minute slide show, which was much better than him reading from his book (a scenario more typical for author events). Of course, his book leant itself to a slide show. We learned that Wrangel Island, which is in the Arctic Ocean, and a place that Sides visited, is the last place on earth where there are still wooly mammoths. Cool, eh? We also learned that it took Sides 4 years to write Kingdom and included visits to France, Germany, and Siberia, among other locations, for research. And, at a time when publishers are cutting back on author tours, Sides is actually scheduled to make 32 stops, with Monday night being #19. It was a very good crowd, probably around 35-40.
Based on how good Ghost Soldiers was, I will be reading this one at some point (get in line, Sides - the TBR pile is extremely daunting).
(I was actually that close to him because I wanted to be the 1st one to get my book signed. Joni sat in the back. She didn't want to be a teacher's pet, unlike me!)