Touring with Terry: St. Louis

We had a long day of driving to get from Indianapolis to St. Louis. Not the most scenic, either, especially with the corn fields not in the best shape. However, we did manage the impossible: We ate at both Waffle House AND Cracker Barrel IN THE SAME DAY! and lived to tell the tale.

Our evening was free so we drove through yet another monsoon rainstorm, complete with thunder and lightning (drought?) to get to a movie we have badly wanted to see, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” WOW! This movie is so, well at the risk of sounding Valley Girl, AWESOME. It compares to “Winter’s Bone” and is definitely our favorite movie of the year. Six stars from the Brooks’.

We had the next day off as well, and ended up going to another movie. A strange thing, our hotel, the Chase Park Plaza, has a first run movie theater in it. Can’t think why, but there it was. We were across the street from the zoo, science center, etc, but it was so hot we just stayed inside.

St. Louis is another city, like Indianapolis, that is filled with fine old buildings. The Basilica and surroundings here are quite spectacular. The signing was downtown, in a not-so-great-but-getting-better area, at Left Bank Books. For some reason I have yet to figure out, the nearby bank, First Third Bank, gave Terry and his fans a lovely reception before the signing. Lots of really good food and drink and an hour or so of getting to know one-another. Very nice. Left Bank is a small store but they really packed them in for the signing. Many folks from all over the south (Mississippi, Arkansas) and Midwest showed up. Thanks, y’all, for being such great supporters of the books. We really do appreciate you.

The delicious treats offered at the reception . . .
A few of the fan guests at the reception . . .
Brooks' fans come in all sizes . . .
Another Amberle!
With the promotional cover of WARDS OF FAERIE!

7 responses to “Touring with Terry: St. Louis”

  1. That was a great evening. I was pleasantly surprised about the reception. It was great to spend that hour or so with Terry and Judine and a couple of dozen fans. Thanks 5/3 bank for the opportunity. The signing was a great experience that I’m glad i was able to be a part of.

    • I don’t know how, Tom. It was mentioned in Terry’s newsletter, multiple times on his blog, posted on website’s EVENTS page for months, posted on twice, and I updated Terry’s Facebook and Twitter accounts multiple times with the information.

  2. Was an amazing night I’ll never forget! I’ve been waiting a long time for the opportunity to meet Terry, but the wait was worth it (last one in line!). A big thanks to Left Bank Books for hosting the event and allowing me to take (and get signed!) the promotional cover art! (See bottom picture)

  3. Missed Terry last time he was in St. Louis. Glad I could make it this time. Very enjoyable evening! Had a suitcase full of books and couldn’t believe that I fould 8-10 more I hadn’t brought along to get signed. That’s the “problem” with hardbacks I guess. I wish I lived closer to Left Bank Books…..I’d spend a lot of time there!

  4. We had a great time that night. It was the first, and definitely won’t be the last book signing I have ever been to. My son Evan (the smaller sized Brooks fan pictured above) said it was ..(also at the risk of sounding Valley Girl) ‘AWESOME’. He proudly took his signed book to school the next day and promptly started on Wishsong. Why Wishsong? His choice because he recognized the Wishsong from reading Dark Wraith. Thanks again for an memorable evening.

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