One of the things I miss most about the job I left to become a freelance writer is how social it was. I love people. And though my work life is nothing like the stereotypical writer, sitting alone at a typewriter, gazing through a window in deep thought, there is a certain amount of isolation involved. That’s what makes reading events like the upcoming “Swedish Lessons and Champagne” event at The Eyrie in Ypsilanti so exciting for me. Humans! Humans with me! Doing things! Saying things!

311747_120798978108425_1792400872_nWhat will make it exciting for those humans? Besides getting to spend an evening with me and my book? Swedish Lessons readings are actually quite a bit of fun (if I do say so myself). Besides doing the reading itself, I like to share some Swedish foods that are mentioned in the book, and at this very special event at The Eyrie, we’ll also be enjoying some champagne, because what better reasons to celebrate is there than the fact that it’s a Friday and we’re eating Swedish snacks together?

Another super cool part of the reading experience is the question and answer session. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this initially, nor how to properly phrase the question, “OK, go ahead and as me questions about me and my book about me. Because I very interesting, I know.”

But the questions I have been getting have been really fascinating, and I’m really excited to see what people ask next. Some of my favorites have been:

      • All the knäckebröd you can handle! You're welcome!
        All the knäckebröd you can handle! You’re welcome!

        Are you okay? (I’m fine, thanks.)

      • Who would play you in a movie? (This actually has a really interesting answer that I won’t include on the internet, but does actually involve Brad Pitt. Not playing me, but you’ll have to ask me in person for details.)
      • So, was there anything good that happened in Sweden? (I still sleep on a Tempur Pedic pillow, so my neck is pretty happy about that.)

So join us! “Swedish Lessons and Champagne” is taking place next Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town at 7pm. There will be books, friends, champagne and knäckebröd – and two gastronomic items have never been better paired.

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