Oh What a Night

jane1.JPGIt’s events like tonight’s that make me feel fortunate to be a book reader in Northfield. Renowned author Jane Hamilton delighted a large crowd at Olin Hall on the Carleton College campus as part of the Northfield Reads! communitywide book club.

Hamilton, author of Disobedience, The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, read several passages from her newly published and quickly praised novel When Madeline Was Young. Hamilton was personable and accessible, thoughtfully answering every question tossed at her from readers. She talked about the writing process, her career, characters in “Madeline” and her other novels, books she enjoys, and she welcomed friends from her alma mater. She also did a wonderful job of reading (not all authors do).

After the reading and discussion, Hamilton signed every book in the hall, as readers lined up in front of the signing table while munching on a complimentary cookie (or, in my case, two). For those who could couldn’t make it, Hamilton kindly signed some books for stock at River City Books.

RCB manager Jon Lee asked me to thank Ms. Hamilton for her willingness to participate in the event. We couldn’t have asked for more from a featured guest for Northfield Reads! What a terrific way to spend an evening.

Programming note: Barring issues caused by my technologically challenged bird brain, audio from Hamilton’s reading will be posted in the coming days.

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