Day Six

What a way to start off the day: with a sold-out brunch crowd and an audience of 100 at the Brownsburg Public Library.

Among the attendees is an avid Rizzoli & Isles fan who is so hooked on the show that she’s even traveled to California to visit the film set, and here she is happily wearing the evidence of her love for Jane and Maura:

The crowd at Brownsburg

The crowd at Brownsburg

R&I fan Barbara Wills.

R&I fan Barbara Wills.

Everyone wanted to know: why come to such small towns? I told them that I live in a small town of 5,000. I love small towns, and that’s why I wanted to focus on a small-town tour. But there is nothing “small” about the audiences I’m finding during this trip, and the crowd at Brownsburg just blows me away. Thank you to the hardworking library staff who made it happen!

Brownsburg Library staff, including Director Wanda Pearson and Public Services Administrator Amie Thomas.

Brownsburg Library staff, including Director Wanda Pearson and Public Services Administrator Amie Thomas.

A 2 1/2 hour drive takes us south, through hills and woods that remind me so much of Maine that I zone out and briefly forget I’m in Indiana. Our destination is the town of Washington, where I’m going to talk about BONE GARDEN because it was Washington’s pick for their “One Book One Community” program. At the Washington Carnegie Public Library, I meet Director Teresa Heidenreich, who organized a dinner with donors.

With Rick Chambon and Teresa Heidenrich of Washington Carnegie Public Library

With Rick Chambon and Teresa Heidenrich of Washington Carnegie Public Library

And got a chance to meet one of the local book clubs:

With the "Women of Crane Book Club"

With the “Women of Crane Book Club”

After dinner, we headed over to the High School auditorium where, despite torrential rain, around 100 people still showed up to hear me speak about the Bone Garden. Barnes and Noble (thank you!) was there to sell books.

Tomorrow: a holiday! We’re going to play tourists and head toward Bloomington.

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