My sister and I are sitting, right now, at the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA waiting to take the tour of the house. I also just got done talking to Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader, in the museum gift shop!
Brunonia Barry had been doing a signing at the Borders in Portland the night before I arrived in town and I was very bitter that I was missing a chance to meet her here. I shipped my book out to my sister and she was gracious enough to take it to the store to have it signed for me.
We had no idea that Brunonia Barry was going to be in Salem today! My sister and I had already planned a trip to Salem for sightseeing and had just wandered over to the House of the Seven Gables to take a tour when we overheard someone saying that Brunonia Barry was in the garden. We purchased our tickets and marched into the garden, but no luck. Thinking we'd missed her, we went to the gift shop and there she was! It was providence! We spoke for a few moments and I told her that I'd be seeing her in Ann Arbor when she was going to be there later in the month (found that out after I sent my book to my sister). She was completely gracious and very pleasnt to talk to, even after I accosted her in the gift shop. I'm looking forward to meeting her again!
OK, the tours about to start. I'll write more later!