One of the things that bothers me most about living in Connecticut is how isolated I feel from the literary world, even though I'm quite close to New York City. There are so few local readings and signings, so few writer groups. It's like there's this huge community so close, but yet so far away, and I'm lucky if I can travel in to attend one event per year.
With that, I guess I don't really need to tell you how thrilled I was to learn that Emma Straub was going to be at the Darien Library. She's the author of one of my favorite short story collections and just came out with a novel that I cannot wait to read called Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures. The reading was fabulous (Emma read two passages from her new book), and I loved the question-and-answer session at the end. The questions were thoughtful and interesting, and honestly, Emma was so sweet and nice that I think she would have answered questions all night if people kept asking (you know you like how I'm saying 'Emma' like we're friends, right? ha!).
So at the end when I lined up with all of the extremely beautiful and well-dressed (lots of leopard print in the crowd) Darien ladies (yes, I was wearing corduroys and using a tote bag as a purse, why do you ask?), my shyness ruled and I became an awkward fangirl. I think I told Emma how much I loved her short story collection. I think I told her how much I enjoyed her reading. But I didn't tell her which of her short stories were my favorites (Puttanesca and the Franny stories) and I didn't gush about how exciting I think it is that she worked with Lorrie Moore. I didn't even ask her if she liked writing short or long fiction better. Social anxiety is no joke, my dears.
What I can say now though is that I had a great time last night listening to wonderful fiction surrounded by people who love books. Thanks so much to the Darien Library and to Emma Straub for such a wonderful event. xo
P.S. Emma was rocking an adorable pink party dress and brought a batch of homemade brownies to the reading. I don't think she could have been sweeter.