Book signing: so many thanks…

It was great! Because many people made it so. First, Eileen Lynch and all the staff at Dutton’s, who organized the event at such a difficult time for them and the store.

And Marie-Ho Halty, of the French Consulate, Patrick Caraco, of the Union des Francais a l’Etranger, Amelia of BonjourLA.com, who all helped spread the word. Philippe Lemaitre, who distributed flyers all over Los Angeles. Pam Sheppard, who scoured Southern California to find enough copies for all the attendees, and stayed up late the night before to print beautiful book plates on her computer. Reba and Ali, who arrived with much needed extra wine and other refreshments AND thought of bringing a corkscrew.

Also my thanks go to all the other friends who were there to support me: Sophia, Christiane, Jeanne, Albert, Mimi, Riz, Marie-Helene, Viviane, Mike, Yves, Christine, Jerome, Nelly, who gets credit for this picture. And the ones who were unable to attend: Isabelle, pregnant with twins (I am so happy for you, Isabelle!) Genevieve and Brigitte, from France. And last but not least, my Mom and son, both also in France. I know their thoughts were with me, just as mine were with them.

And I also wish to thank all of the online friends who sent their best wishes: Eva, Elena, Kelly, Daphne, Julie, Jennifer, Cinderella, Julianne, Susan, Cheryl, and the Debs. Please forgive me if I forgot anyone.

So how did it go? First I greeted the guests in the courtyard outside the bookstore, by a table set with all the goodies. Yes, it was a beautiful, balmy Southern California evening. The presence of my friends, aided by a cup of champagne or two, chased away the butterflies whose wings had been fluttering in my stomach.

Some time later, Eileen reminded us that it was time to go inside and start the reading. My heart skipped a beat when I saw my own Mistress of the Revolution on the shelves and tables of an actual bookstore. So that’s what it really means to be a published author…

I sat behind my table and began reading. Did I mention that I had worked all day at my law office and hadn’t had time to prepare anything? No matter. Now I felt perfectly confident. I paused after reading the two pages of my prologue and asked if anyone had questions. And many did! So I spoke of my research, my characters, historical or fictional, why small details are so important, why I had decided to rely mostly on memoirs of eyewitnesses of the Revolution,  my experience finding a publisher… Before I knew it, Eileen remarked that it was time for me to begin signing the copies of my book.

Then the store closed, Eileen told me she felt that Mistress of the Revolution would go on to become a great success, and I shared a celebratory dinner with those of my friends who could stay on.

Again, my heartfelt thanks to all.

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    I met fellow writer Gerald Everett Jones at Goodreads, just a few weeks before my book signing at Dutton’s Brentwood. He lives in Los Angeles, and had had events there himself, so he gave me helpful pointers. And he agreed to read my book. Gerald writes nonfiction, most recently on the subject of digital movie production, in addition to stage plays, screenplays and boychik lit. I have to admit that I had never heard of boychik lit before meeting him. If you are similarly unenlightened and wish to learn more about that literary genre, I invite you to …

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    I met fellow writer Gerald Everett Jones at Goodreads, just a few weeks before my book signing at Dutton’s Brentwood. He lives in Los Angeles, and had had events there himself, so he gave me helpful pointers. And he agreed to read my book. Gerald writes nonfiction, most recently on the subject of digital movie production, in addition to stage plays, screenplays and boychik lit. I have to admit that I had never heard of boychik lit was before meeting him. If you are similarly unenlightened and wish to learn more about that literary genre, I invite you …

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  22. CATHERINE DELORS says:

    Thank you, Cinderella, I am so glad you enjoy it!

  23. Cinderella says:

    I’m reading the book and it’s wonderful! Congratulations and much success to you — you deserve it.

  24. CATHERINE DELORS says:

    Thanks, Viviane and Ben, for saying such nice things! It was great to have you there in the audience…

  25. VIVIANE KOLLER says:

    Catherine was full of passion and deep into the lives of the people she wrote about in “Mistress of the Revolution.” When she was reading some pages, she left friends and others in the room at Dutton’s bookstore very impressed. I feel that she is a very strong person who can climb literary mountains. And no question that her novel will be a hit.
    So,all your friends are with you Catherine… Fonce… XOXO -Viviane and Benjamin.

  26. CATHERINE DELORS says:

    Wow, Elena! Thank you…

  27. Sounds like a lovely event. So glad it was a success! Meanwhile, I lost a great deal of sleep last night reading “Mistress of the Revolution.” I just couldn’t put it down….

  28. CATHERINE DELORS says:

    Well, Reba, it was great to have you there. Your support was very much appreciated. Hope you enjoy the book!

  29. Reba says:

    Catherine’s reading was a success. The setting was cozy: the courtyard made a perfect arena for friends to discuss the first time writer, and to many a good friend. This was not the oldest bookstore that I have ever been in, but it could pass for one. The books stood on wooden pallets, line after line of them. Catherine was gracious and communicative. The ecstasy I felt being there for Catherine’s book signing was so fierce. It is a good feeling to go to my library, pull out her book and instantly recall this event where the smell of the air mixed with the smell of old books, which made an unforgettable aroma that I will remember with every page I read…

  30. CATHERINE DELORS says:

    Welcome to the fan club, Gerald!

  31. She dares not only to write in her second language, but also to bridge two perilous chasms — the cultural one between the French and the coiners of Freedom Fries — and that profound one between the sexes!

    Brava Delors! Count this boychik in the fan base.

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