I was curious about what Misha knew and how Sheila had transcribed it. Fortunately, they were having a book launch event at a downtown bar on Wednesday night. I had never been to a book launch before and saw this as a great opportunity to do some research.
When I arrived at The Garrison, there were about 15 people dispersed in the front bar. I could see that there was an adjoining larger space with a second bar and microphones set up on a stage. I also saw a table with stacks of books on it - I was at the right place. Being in a bar alone is no fun so I quickly went to the table and bought a copy of the book.
The cover was as fun as the title. As John Bradley said in an earlier post, "The cover and title is 80% of it." The table of contents was even more intriguing.The 72 chapters were eclectic, ranging from topics like "Everyone's Favorite Things and Unfavorite Things are Different" to "Failure and Games." They made me want to read them. Being in a bar alone made me want to read them immediately, so I did.
Luckily, I saw one of the two authors as he walked by. I said hi, shook his hand and congratulated him on their book. Misha was friendly and humble. We talked about his life since the book came out and the promotional tour they had almost completed. I didn't say that I was writing a book, and I later questioned why I hadn't. I think I am a little shy about my writing adventure until a publisher takes a chance on what I have written. I will work on this.
|Sheila Heti and Misha Glouberman|
So, what did I learn? I jotted down some thoughts while waiting for the launch to begin:
- Launching a book is a celebration
- Always arrive early if you want to speak at length with presenters
- You only need one publisher to say yes
- An interesting book needs a hook - something to draw people in
- Humour makes books more interesting
- When an opportunity appears, take it without second thoughts
- It's not so bad attending an event alone when you have something to read
The assignment was a success and now it's time to get back to my writing. Tonight before I go to bed I am going to read chapter six: "Don't Pretend There is No Leader." The assignment continues.