Day Five

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…

Being interviewed by Andi Hauser.

Being interviewed by Andi Hauser.

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.

With Sam Mitchel and Emily Dickos Crickmore at Hamilton North Public Library.

With Sam Mitchel and Emily Dickos Crickmore at Hamilton North Public Library.

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.”

Old prison cell, Hamilton County Historical Society

Old prison cell, Hamilton County Historical Society

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.

With Ruth Risenshal, Director of Carmel Clay Public Library.

With Ruth Risenshal, Director of Carmel Clay Public Library.

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!

3 replies
  1. estherjo
    estherjo says:

    Thank you so much for coming to Indiana. Next week you will be in Rising Sun where I grew up. I hope you get a good crowd. It is a very small town! Thank you for signing my copy of the Surgeon that I have had for a decade. I know you probably usually sign the brand new perfect looking books but I prefer your signature on a lovingly well worn book. Also thank you for signing my gauze pad. All my sister nurses will be very jealous!

  2. Zaineb
    Zaineb says:

    Thank you for coming to Carmel, and I am sorry my friend and I walked in half an hour late. Who would have thought I would get lost in Carmel coming up from Bloomington. I look forward to seeing you elsewhere. You are a very gracious lady. Thank you!

  3. inverness
    inverness says:

    Zaineb–Tess will be at the Bartholomew Co PL in Columbus this Wed at 6:30–hope you can make it

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