Sunday, July 02, 2006
The International Thriller Writers, Inc. held their first ThrillerFest Convention at the Arizona Biltmore here in Phoenix from June 29-July 2, 2006. Jim & I went to the reception on Thursday night, and met Sue Komernicky, the Foothills Library manager, there. The reception was held to celebrate the publication of the book, Thriller, a collection of short stories by a number of the authors participating in the conference.
I went to get the book signed by a few authors - Lee Child, J.A. Konrath, and James Rollins, among others. Since Lee Child is a Yankees fan, and Jim's a Detroit Tigers fan, he asked that Lee sign his story with Go Tigers, which he did. He's a very gracious man with a great sense of humor. Louise Ure later told me that they were so late going to dinner after the reception that Carolina's, the Mexican restaurant I recommended, was already closed.
Right after Lee Child signed the book, I ran into Stacy Alesi, the Bookbitch. I review books for her on her web site, www.bookbitch.com, and I'd only met her once before at the Lee County Reading Festival. It was so good to see her again.
During the reception, we sat at the same table as John Lescroart and his wife, who was nice enough to take the picture of us. Check out Jim in his new "Hippie Dippie Jim" outfit, as he refers to it.
Nice reception, and the conference looks like it will be great.
Pictures - Top to bottom - Lesa, Jim & John Lescroart
Lesa & Stacy Alesi (Bookbitch)
Lesa & Sue Komernicky