Tomorrow night, I’m participating in the Authors Progressive Banquet at the New York State Reading Association in Saratoga Springs.
Here’s how it works. Ten people sit at each author’s table at the beginning of the meal and get a signed copy of that author’s book. After the salad, the authors get up and move to the next table to sit with ten new people for the main course. Then the authors move again to sit with another ten people for dessert. Doesn’t this sound fabulously fun? (In truth, my first book has only been out for a couple months, so any time people refer to me as “the author,” it’s automatically fun.)
But here’s the thing… I’m a planner, and the memo about this dinner left unanswered questions. Do the authors take their silverware with them to the next table? What about drinks? And bread? And what about clumsy authors who tend to spill things when they get up from tables? This could mean trouble for lots of people’s clothing, given all the moving around. What does one wear to an Authors Progressive Banquet? (I’d ask
, who’s going to be there, too, but I know he’ll probably be wearing one of those cool poker-guy outfits like in his author photo, and what good is that?) And most importantly, what’s for dessert? Is it something chocolate?
Enough worrying… I’m off to finish packing. I’ll report in on the state of my silverware and my dining companions’ clothes when I get home.