Going Home Again

Who says you can’t go home again?

I did just that last week when I visited the San Carlos Library, my old childhood haunt. It’s where I went for the A/C in the summer, where I spent frantic last minutes searching through card catalogs for research papers due the next day, where I pretty much left everyone else in the dust during the reading contests (she said modestly).

I have to admit, having a reading at 1 pm in the afternoon on a Friday made me nervous. The librarian told me that maybe five people would come. That seemed reasonable for the time. She said few people had been coming to the events, even the kid read-aloud. With heedless optimism, we put out six chairs.

Then more people showed up. We added another row.

More people. Another row.

I started counting and got to 24. By the time I began my talk, promptly at 1 pm, every seat in the room was filled and people were sitting on the benches on the side. I think there were at least 30.

One reader took the afternoon off work and drove all the way down from Orange County. She was going to have to drive back up in Friday traffic! Now, that’s dedication!

Kudos also to the Mission Times Courier, the community monthly, which promoted the event.

My 8th grade English teacher, Ms. Hemric (she says I can call her Carleen now, but old habits) sat in the front row. My first grade teacher, Mrs. Ekins, showed up. Mrs. Ekins sent a graduation card to everyone she taught, somehow tracking down addresses and everything.

Note: I’ll be at a couple more San Diego events soon, and am also heading up to Bakersfield. Check my events page for more details.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

One thought on “Going Home Again

  1. Wish I lived closer so I could attend your event. How fun that would be. I’m not at all surprised that you had such a turn out. You are such a good writer and your stories are of a depth that one remembers them long after the last page is turned.

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