|Susan at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT.|
Photo by Steve Gaissert.
Upon arriving in Burlington, VT, I attended a reading by Leslie Jamison, whose words were rich and exciting and imperative. Then, she signed my copy of The Empathy Exams, writing kind words that I will always treasure. She asked me to sign her copy of the book, which is filled with the names of the people whose books she has signed; isn't that lovely? I was so nervous, I could barely write my name.
Meeting Leslie Jamison was enough, truly, but there was more to come. On day two, I read my essay and met sweet, enthusiastic Jessica Hendry Nelson of the Renegade Writer's Collective. My husband and my daughter were with me. I could not have been happier.
The finishing touch: spending my $100 Phoenix Books gift certificate (a fitting prize) before saying goodbye to hilly Burlington and dazzling Lake Champlain. Here's what this book lover will be reading this fall:
|Photo by Susan Gaissert.|
I could definitely get used to this. To put my life back into perspective now, I will concentrate on the inevitable post-trip pile of laundry.
Postscript, Sept. 24, 2014: I just got a rejection notice! Even better than a laundry pile for getting back to reality. Thanks for that, Universe.