Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shelly Kings's Launch Last Night Was A HUGE Success

Yesterday, September 2, was the official publication date for Shelly King's The Moment of Everything.  And she launched her book at Books, Inc. in Mt. View.  It was a great night. Shelly was very well-prepared.  She read short excerpts from a few different sections combined with a slide show, in which she gave us some old (and new) pictures that tied into her story.  It was not only fun, but it was also educational.  Let the pictures tell the tale.

This is, obviously, the front of the store on Castro Street.

There were people standing in other parts of the store, too.  The total was around 75.

This is Shelly chatting with fans before her presentation.

And this is Shelly signing books after her presentation (I was next).

Ann Gelder and Rayme Waters (l-r), VHOB alumni, were there to support Shelly.  Rayme was a VHOB Book Club author (with Karen Joy Fowler), and Ann had a launch for her book, Bigfoot and the Baby.

And Keith Raffel, a writing partner of Shelly's, and another VHOB alumnus, was there, too.  He also was a VHOB Book Club author.

During Shelly's presentation, she invited everybody to join her at Scratch, right down the street from Books, Inc., to continue the party.  And it was her treat!  Unfortunately, I couldn't stay.  Rats.

Upcoming Event:  I saw last night that Hampton Sides will be at Books, Inc., Mt. View, on Monday night, September 22.  He is presenting his new book, In the Kingdom of Ice:  The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jennette.  I don't know anything about this book, but I read an earlier one of his called The Ghost Soldiers.  It's about the march to Bataan during WWII. It was chilling but excellent.  I'm going to make every effort to be there.  The event starts at 7:00.


  1. What a great crowd! I wish that many people showed up at events at my local bookstore.

  2. It's crazy how big a crowd swing there is from event to event. When I worked at Village House of Books, we had crowds like this one, and we had events with literally nobody there besides my wife and me. It's very tough to predict or understand.

  3. What a terrific showing of book lovers!

  4. I know. It's always very satisfying to be at an event with a big crowd. Nobody knows that better than you!