Up before dawn to slap on makeup and head to WISH TV in Indianapolis, where I was interviewed by Andi Hauser about my Indiana tour.
Book tours have made me comfortable enough on TV so that I don’t get completely freaked out by it, and I know to wear a jacket with a lapel for the lavalier microphone. The seasoned WISH crew works like clockwork — bam, bam, bam, every segment right on schedule. I’m in and out right on time, to make it to my next stop…
Hamilton North Public Library, in Cicero. Just before my talk, Library Director Sam Mitchel and Circulation Manager Emily Crickmore treat hubby and me to lunch at Matteo’s, where I discover the secret talents of this pair. Sam is not only a highland bagpiper and concertina player, he also used to raise Scottish Highland Cattle! Emily studied theater in Oxford and now wrangles her actor friends into performing Shakespeare! That’s what I love about library people. People who love books also love knowledge, and they just might know a few secret things they haven’t told you about.
Again a terrific event, with just about every chair filled.
With a bit of free time before the next library, of course I can’t resist visiting the Hamilton County Historical Society, where the old prison still stands, the cells unchanged since the Victorian era. Among its past prisoners is Charles Manson, whose name is displayed on the prison register. The old cells still have graffiti etched into the paint, including the ominous message carved over one of the cells: “Welcome to jail, fools.”
On a far happier note, the day ends at Carmel Clay Public Library, where I discovered that Director Ruth Nisenshal and I both have a connection to China. I’m descended from Chinese parents, and she was born in Shanghai.
An audience of over 100 came to hear me speak. Some of them drove over three hours, and then waited patiently in line as I signed books. What a terrific end to the day!