New Orleans in mid-July was awash with flash floods, mayflies, and 30,000 Lutheran teenagers on a leadership convention. This made for a rather different visit from our last one–but it was just a wetter, crowded-er kind of marvelous. We ate too much, bought too many books, and walked too many miles to count. One of my favorite stops on this trip: The fascinating, slightly stomach-turning pharmacy museum on Chartres, in the Vieux Carre. Aldous McMartin would have been right at home in this place.
(Why stomach-turning? Well– I’m not showing you the jar of live leeches, the antique syringes and bone saws, or the trepanning device.)
I came home to some great news: THE SHADOWS has been nominated for the 2013 Washington Library Media Association’s Sasquatch Award, which might be the best-named award its been up for yet. Thank you, Washington readers! (Just so you know, I’m always looking for reasons to visit the Pacific Northwest…)
Finally, Wisconsin/Minnesota folks (Minnesconsinites?), remember that I’ll be at the Valley Bookseller in Stillwater this Saturday–that’s July 28th–at 2:00 p.m. to read, chat, and sign books. I’d love to see you there.