When I was a little girl, whenever someone would serve us creamed tuna in a puff pastry, before trying it, I'd ask Karen if I like it. I am the same way now with books. It's not that I don't like to read, I just want someone to weed through books and tell me which ones I'll like. There are many authors and poets I absolutely love. Most of them, however, are not at the big book events we frequent.
So, days like today when all four of us kids are speaking at a thing for writers, I feel weird. I have no idea who anyone either of our brothers introduces us to is and then have to have conversations with these strangers who I should know because we're at this thing together and they are supposedly famous writers. I am really bad at making conversation with strangers. I am not sure I am even good at making conversation with people who are not strangers. This is why Karen and I make the best partners. She has no clue who anyone is either, but she can stand and talk to them and seem convincing. One night, she had a very long conversation with George Plimpton at the LA Times Festival of Books. We didn't really know who he was until we read that he died shortly after meeting Karen. If you are a famous writer and you talked to us today, you should get your heart checked.
Despite the whole I feel weird talking to people I don't know thing, we had a fun day at the West Hollywood Book Fair with our brothers, Tod and Lee, and honorary sister (and the moderator of our discussion) Stacy Bierlein.
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