A sum up of the Denver APW Book Tour Stop (first stop on the road!) would go like this:
- The amazing Sarah, coiner of the term Wedding Dropout and maker of The Honey Duncan, hosting the whole thing. She literally threw it together in an hour when I gave her the go ahead… and it was flawless. Oh! And did I mention, she put me up, let me play with her baby, and literally let me sleep in her bed (she slept in the baby’s room). Just, beyond heartfelt thanks to her.
- The crowd! It’s so interesting, how events really differ based on the people. The Denver crowd was smart, articulate, and hyper feminist. I made a lot less jokes, but I answered a lot more in-depth questions about feminism, societal pressures, and weddings. Plus there were gay men getting married in attendance. Gay! Men! I was so excited.
- Cupcakes! There were pumpkin spice cupcakes donated by Lovely Confections, and they were gobbled right up.
- The food. Oh my god, the food. I knew we were having a brunch buffet, so I was expecting warmed over brunch standards. But no. I was so wrong, and it was such a good thing. From the minute the edamame covered in delicious brown sauce came out, I knew something amazing was happening. Then there were asian fusion duck tacos (put them in my mouth), veggie tempura, noodles, sushi, bottomless mimosas… and the nicest owner and staff in the world. Seriously, when you are in Denver, go to Japoix, you can thank me later.
- And Kristy. Kristy of Moodeous Photography (that’s me with her, third from the bottom) who took all these pictures? I LOVE HER. You will love her too, all of the west! That’s like Christmas come early for you, there.
And a final reminder: if you’re coming to an event, please, please, please buy a book (if it is financially feasible for you, of course. No one is going to be turned away if they don’t buy a book). But, if you can afford it, it would mean the world to me if you’d consider the cost of a book purchased at the bookstore the ticket price for the event. The way these events work is that bookstores (or me personally, if we’re not at a bookstore!) purchase a number of books for these events, and if we don’t buy them out, it will be hard to ever get a return engagement. So buying a book is a way to thank the bookstore for being awesome enough to host all of us. Plus, even with Amtrak sponsoring the tour, it’s still a massive out of pocket cost to travel around the country to see everyone (a priceless investment, but still) and buying books is literally the only thing that helps ease the burden. Oh, and if you do buy a book at an event, I will be more than happy to sign both the store-bought copy and the one you purchased off of Amazon! But of course!
I am so grateful to all of you in advance, and to those of you who have already helped so tremendously thus far, and I just can’t wait to MEET YOU ALL.