When I was in junior high school, I joined the debate team. I still don’t know why. I was awkward. I didn’t know how to speak up for myself at thirteen, especially when it meant arguing a point.

What I remember about being dropped off at the library for hours and hours of research was the team’s collective interest in two people. A couple. Who were dating. We followed them all over the hidden corners of the library, trying to catch them in various states of making out. Rather than report findings on our next great point for argument, we whispered about whether they kissed with tongue and whether we could see their hands and what they must be doing RIGHT NOW.


I can’t promise such a raging show of hormones at the main branch of the Charleston County Library tonight at 6pm in the main auditorium. I’ll just be there. Talking. Enlightening attendees on the trials of my walk of the Natchez Trace. Telling them how it relates to my novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis. Meeting readers and playing music and introducing Dad to all and sundry.

For those of you who aren’t in Charleston, we’re going to set up a Google Hangout. If you’ve been squeamish about participating in a Google Hangout before, please don’t worry. It’s so easy. You merely need to log in to Google Hangouts, download the software they specify, and set it all up ahead of time. If you let me know you’ve done that, I’ll include you in the group invite.

You’ll be able to participate almost like you’re there. You can hear my talk. You can see Dad. You can ask me questions. You can be in on any big announcements with the initial group.

If technology cooperates. If you have the time. You can be at my Charleston County Library talk wherever you are. If you’re interested, please let me know in a comment today, and I’ll include you in the global invitation.

Regardless, thank you for reading. I wouldn’t be at the Charleston County Library, or ANY library, without you.

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