Asyouknowbob, Steve and I will be Writer Guests of Honor at Oasis 23 in Orlando, from May 28 to 30, which we’re really looking forward to, and if you’re in the area, or close to in the area, you should come on by. We get south so seldom, and we want to meet everybody!
In an excess of optimism, we scheduled several days in town after the convention in order to do things like booksignings and/or library talks, as is our pleasant habit, and also to play the tourist a little.
Alas, the store that seemed most likely to host a book-signing — Urban Think — is going out of business at the end of this month (*mourns the loss of yet another independent bookstore*). The Orlando area seems to be well-served by used bookstores, but if there’s a new bookstore inside the city limits, I don’t find them.
So — appeal Number One for on-the-ground assistance. Anybody local have a favorite bookstore we could contact in hopes of setting up a signing?
Appeal Number One, part A: Anybody have contact with a local public library? We like to talk at libraries.
Appeal Number Two: There is so dern much to do in Orlando that I can’t figure out a way to filter it. I very much doubt that Magic Mouse Land is my cup of tea, but Epcot Center seems like it would be interesting. People who have been there — and you are legion! — what’s to do in Orlando for two middle-aged fuddy-duddies who will be in from Maine and doubtless wilting with the heat? We don’t have much money, but it would be a shame to spend what’s likely to be my one and only visit to Florida in a hotel room.