I launched my book, London Walks!
45 bottles of champage were ordered. I missed most of it as I'm not really experienced enough to do drinking before talking to large groups of people.
(afterwards is no problem, obviously).
I had a 'brushing' (French for blow-dry) specially for the occasion. I've never had one before, always having thought there's something a bit wimpy about not being able to dry your own hair - but after three nights in the writer's room at the bookshop I was beginning to look a little untidy...
I talked about 'How to be a Tourist' - a short lecture involving a race between a lobster and a turtle (wind-up only I'm afraid)...
...some rather unpleasant leisure-wear...
...and Psychogeographic games (the pic below may not look entirely like a Psychogeographic game but it is, honest).
...I ended the night sitting under the stars on a quai of the Seine with Shakespeare and Company Tumbleweeds until they switched the lights off opposite on Notre Dame.
This morning I woke up with a pocket full of pens. None of them were mine. I guess this is what happens when you do a booksigning.
I'll be doing a slightly longer an even odder version of this talk at the Idler Academy tomorrow, Wednesday 1 June. Book in advance mentioning 'Lobster' (or typing it on the booking page) for £5 off. If you're in London tomorrow, don't miss it!
All photos (c) Lauren Goldenberg of Shakespeare and Company - more of her photos of the event here.