And I mean that in the best way possible. I love geeks. I am a geek. Geeks aren’t afraid of feeling passionately about the most obscure things. It is their glory, that passion. Jim Butcher has it in spades.
I went to hear him read, as it was billed, at the public library in Kansas City. I was very pleased that he didn’t read but took questions from the audience, which filled the auditorium with glorious nerd glow. Being around so many people passionate about reading is always a pleasure. (And here’s the pleasure of going to see a home-grown writer. He fielded a question from one his elementary school teachers about whether he still dabbles in ventriloquism. Oh, yes, didn’t I say he was a Nerd-of-all-Trades? Ventriloquism. The answer is no, but he still has the dummy for the purposes of pulling pranks on his family members.)
The added bonus was a chance to meet some online friends–fellow Purgatorians from Absolute Write: Kari Stewart (who shares an editor with Jim Butcher for her book coming out in 2010) and Kasey MacKenzie (whose book is also coming out in 2010.)
Of course I have pictures.
A good time had by all. Yes, we are all wearing buttons which declare us to be JimStalkers, but not in a creepy way, because Kasey made the buttons with plenty of glitter. And creepy stalkers would never wear glittery buttons. Oh, and I’m reposting this pic, which Kari already had on her blog. Because I love a photo that can readily be misinterpreted…