A Book Party

IMG_0938Edith, not yet adjusted to the time change2010-09-15 06.19.10

Quick report on the book party I held yesterday. I’d never had a launch party for ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part when it released at the end of May this year. The book opens at a farm to table dinner in the fall that I modeled on one that I attended at a local farm. That real dinner was cooked by the chefs at my local bistro, and they kindly gave me a version of one of their recipes to use in the book. So where better to hold a book party than at Phat Cats Bistro?

IMG_0943The date that seemed to work best for them was yesterday afternoon (which also happened to be my birthday). I paid for platters of appetizers, including the Sweet Potato Empanadas that are included in the book, and invited everyone I knew. Despite miserably cold and wet-snowy weather, we got a good turnout. The restaurant sold a bunch of drinks and I sold a bunch of books. I was also able to turn a few friends onto the restaurants, so hopefully they’ll see a hit with some new customers.

I also offered a free raffle to win naming rights for a character in Compost Mortem, the IMG_0942fourth Local Foods mystery, which I am writing now. My young friends James and Birima helped on that, and James also gave everyone present a copy of my new business card. I was surprised that people seemed to want to buy raffle tickets – maybe next time I’ll sell them!

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Chef Christine Johnson at Phat Cats Bistro.

My wonderful sons were in town and both came along, and I was able to introduce a number of writers and readers to each other. Diane Weaver, a mystery fan who won the right have her own name on a character in ‘Til Dirt Do Us Part  in an auction a couple of years ago showed up, too.

All in all a great afternoon.

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About Edith Maxwell

Agatha- and Macavity-nominated and national bestsetlling author Edith Maxwell writes the Local Foods Mystery series (Kensington Publishing) and the historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink). As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries series and the new Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries (both from Kensington Publishing). Edith has also published award-winning short crime fiction. She lives north of Boston in an antique house with her beau and three cats.

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