Yesterday was publication day for Rooted in Dishonour. As usual, I headed for Bookmark, Spalding’s lovely independent bookshop, which has kindly hosted the launch event for all of the DI Yates novels, beginning with In the Family in 2012. As always, I received a very warm welcome. For the past three years, Sam Buckley, the events manager, has arranged a dual event for me: a signing session in the afternoon and a talk and reading in the evening.
It was a cold, squally morning. I arrived at the shop about midday. It has recently changed hands and there was a major renovation going on in the café area; unfortunately, this meant that the café was closed, but I understand that it will be open again next week, ready for Christmas. I was privileged to meet Darren (twin brother of Jason, the new owner), who is in charge of the refurbishment work – he says Jason earns the money and he spends it!
Although the temporary lack of coffee was ruefully lamented by Bookmark’s clientele, the shop’s footfall (partly because it was market day) was excellent and there was a lot of interest in Rooted in Dishonour. One lady, Helen, bought three copies for herself and friends and said that she’d read all the DI Yates books: ‘Each one is better than the last’ – sheer music to an author’s ears!
Alex, who attends Spalding Grammar School and works in Bookmark on Saturdays, popped in at lunchtime and became one of my customers.
The evening event took place in the bookshop itself for the first time, as the café was out of bounds. As a speaker, I preferred the atmosphere there (though not the absence of cake!). Spalding audiences are always excellent, but this was my best ever!
I met some old friends and made many new ones. The discussion following my talk was a lively one and I was asked lots of searching questions about my writing. Several of the audience generously bought the new novel and some of the previous ones as well.
I’d like to thank Sam and the rest of the staff at Bookmark for working so hard to make the event a success, and all my wonderful Spalding readers for giving me a day to remember.
8 thoughts on “Spalding does DI Yates proud!”
Congratulations, Christina! This looks like an absolutely wonderful event. What fun it must be to meet so many of your readers. I am looking forward to the arrival of my own addition to the DI Yates collection and I hope it does very well for you and Salt Publishing!
Thank you so much, Valerie, for your enthusiastic support and for spreading this post! I do hope that you enjoy your read when it arrives – one of the audience last night had already read it and said she loved it! The audience was fantastic – I couldn’t have wished for a better launch for DI Yates 5! 🙂
Congratulations, Christina. I’m looking forward to reading this!
Very many thanks, Jenny! Thank you for retweeting this post, too! XX
Hey — great snaps of the audience! Nice narrative in those, too.
Thank you, Jack! You are always so enthusiastic on my behalf and that’s much appreciated! 🙂
I am so pleased the launch went well, Christina 😀 I knew it would of course ;D xx
Thank you, Luciana. I wish I had your faith! 🙂