Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Texas Book Festival 2010: Doing THE WAVE with Susan Casey
There are always the horror stories about authors who treat readers and booksellers poorly. I certainly have milked the drama of a celebrity author's crazy wife over the course of the last year (the woman alternately thought I was the driver even though I introduced myself, and then the person who should hold her purse while she took her time in the restroom, and the five hours I spent in her presence have scarred my fragile psyche) and have my own list of unpleasant personalities *coughDr.Philcough*. Alternately I keep a list of the great authors, the ones who appreciate that their writing is meaningful for their readers and are grateful, humble. Susan Casey is the kind of writer easy to celebrate, the kind for whom I cheer when I see The Wave on the bestseller lists. Meeting her and hearing her speak about killer waves was a great way to start my Book Fest trip this year. She's cool. Oh, and her book? PERFECT for fans of Born to Run or Into Thin Air, a great gift for the holiday season.