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I had a blast, from beginning to end. This was my first trip to Provincetown, and I love this place. I’ll definitely be back next year. The Bywater events were tremendous fun. We met tons of people, readers, fans, and made a lot of new friends.
I can’t say enough great things about Catherine, the owner of Womencrafts, and all the Womencrafts people. They were so good to us. We had a blast there, holding four events over three days, and the store began to feel like home. Please make this a regular stop whenever you go to P Town.
The panel discussion at the Crown and Anchor was a huge success, and Kate Clinton was so generous, and really added a lot to the discussion. My favorite part was when she held up a thick set of typed pages and told everyone, “This is the show I did last night. I wrote it.” She mentioned her master’s in English, the writing workshops she had attended, her influences, and generally kept us on topic when the Bywater authors tried to veer off course. I highly recommend Kate’s newest book, I Told You So, in bookstores now. Get one.
Mari SanGiovanni played hostess and MC and moderator, and she did a wonderful job. She had the audience primed and tickled and titillated before the discussion even started. She is scathingly funny, witty, and not above attacking her own panel members if the joke is there for the taking. I think she even impressed Kate.
Have I said enough about Kate Clinton? She sat next to me, and the poor thing thought that I was either hyperventilating, or not breathing at all. She patted me on the back a couple of times, as one would a baby, trying to get me to breathe. Wonder why she thought that would calm me down?
The whole thing is a blur really. If anyone has pictures of me gasping like a fish out of water, please send them. I imagine the look on Kate’s face would be priceless.