Last night was the first public night of the tour, at the Barnes & Noble in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The place was jammed, which makes me happy, although I suppose that’s no fun for the people who had to stand. Sorry, folks.
As Philadelphia is the first stop of the tour, the folks who showed up got to be guinea pigs for me as I tried out a new short story (for which I swore them all to secrecy), and then also tried out a comedy piece related to Redshirts, for which I enlisted the able help of Paul Sabourin, of Paul & Storm fame. Both pieces went over very well, so I’ll probably keep them in the rotation.
I also read a piece that will be exclusive to the Philadelphia stop: “There Will Come Soft Rains,” by Ray Bradbury. It was important to me that I mark the day by reading something of Bradbury’s, and thankfully the audience went with me on this one. Thank you, fans of Philadelphia, for indulging me on this one. I really do appreciate it.
In all it was a really wonderful way to start the book tour: Good people, good bookstore, good time. Dear rest of the tour: You will have a lot to live up to.