I'd booked the launch/reading space for a rehearsal yesterday morning, before last night's event. Good idea, Gerry. We all got used to adjusting the mic and speaking into it. The students rehearsed their two minutes; I tried out the introductions and the tech. Everything seemed to work.
It turned out to be a swell night. The young writers delivered, the room looked great. I enjoyed offering bits of Hillsdale Book. The bookseller went home satisfied (72 people, 35 books sold). And the floral centerpieces--pussy willow, mini carnation--created by two of my many sisters (3) punctuated the round tables perfectly. As for the after party, I'm still feeling it.