Lone Star Book signing
On American Thanksgiving Day I went to the Lone Star Bar in Washington Square to sign copies of Gambling on Magic and other novels. About 100 people crammed into the booths on both sides of the main bar. About 3.30 p.m. the waitresses brought out plates with turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, and sweet potato. Every year owner George put on the free turkey dinner for his regulars. I sat in a booth near the door, and had the chance to talk with several dozen fans, and I signed more than 30 books. Every time I meet fans, I hear stories of what brought them to Bangkok and what keeps them here. What is encouraging for an author is to find fans who have bought all of your books and are asking when the new one will be released. Of course Gambling on Magic is a new book. But they mean the new, new book after that one. One fan mentioned he was planning to open a bar called Calvino’s Bar and wondered if I would object. It’s not exactly a statue erected of the Vincent Calvino in Stanley Park, but I can live with a bar named after Vinnie.