I brought my stuffed animal gargoyle to join in the fun. He doesn't look exactly like Dorian, the gargoyle in The Accidental Alchemist, but hey, he's still a gargoyle.
Here he is inside a magician's top hat (relevant to the book). We used the hat to draw names of attendees to win Accidental Alchemist mugs and Book Passage gift certificates.
The gargoyle made the rounds.
And yes, there was gargoyle-themed beer (in honor of Dorian), as well as French wine (in honor of alchemist Zoe Faust).
Several pals from my writers group joined in the fun.
Bookstore manager Cheryl McKeon was instrumental in making the event a success.
I talked about the story behind the book, did a short reading, and answered audience questions...
...before we got back to socializing and polishing off the gargoyle beer.
I've seen many favorite authors in the Book Passage newsletter over the years, so it was great fun to be included in their latest newsletter to advertise the event.
Thanks to everyone who joined me in person and in spirit!