Sometimes, you can go home again.

Posted on 02 January 2012

Here I am outside of the Mountville branch of the Lancaster Public Library in my hometown of Lancaster, PA. When I was growing up, this library — then located just down the street from its current location — was the closest branch to our house, so my mom and I would often go together. I still remember the rotating racks full of YA books that I’d hunt through, trying to find one I hadn’t already read.

I visited the new location for the first time last Wednesday to give a modest post-Christmas/pre-New Year’s reading and Q&A. I got to see lots of friends and some people from my past who came out to show their support, which is truly wonderful. After my reading, they asked many great questions, which I appreciated (yes, Craig, that includes you!). Finally,  I’m happy to report that, even in its new and larger location, this library still has a few wire racks full of paperbacks.

Here’s a quick photo recap of the day. As always, the pictures are all thanks to Peter:

Love that exclamation point.


Here I am being interviewed by members of my high school’s communications technology department. The segment will air at some point on local access cable, as well as perhaps on the high school’s morning news show. Bizarre but pretty fun.


At this point I was either discussing  how I get lost every time I come back to Lancaster or how I view my stories as children who grew up all weird.


With my friend Adrienne. This reminds me — I’ll have to blog about Book Signing Anxiety, which occurs when you have not planned out what to write in good friends’ books at all and therefore panic and write something stupid on the spot. This apparently happens even after already experiencing it multiple times during your previous book event.


After all that public speaking, I needed a drink. Thankfully, some friends and family joined me at the Lancaster Brewing Company.


With my brother Craig and sister-in-law Erica. Why yes, I am that witty and funny!

Aside from this book-related day, Peter and I spent most of last week driving around PA, VA, and NJ to visit family and friends. We made it home the night of Dec. 31 and rang in the new year by watching various firework shows from our balcony and joining our upstairs neighbors in a few rounds of “Whoooo!” Now I’m thrilled to be home with the cats and am ready to finally, finally start writing new things.

Happy new year!

10 responses to Sometimes, you can go home again.

  • This looks like such a wonderful event! Such congratulations! I absolutely can’t wait to read your collection.

  • Teri says:

    What a dream come true this must be. This story, these photos, of your going home make me so happy for you, so proud. Thank you for sharing it all with us, Laura. Cool beyond words, this.

    • Thanks, Teri. I was really honored to get so much support. This was a difficult week to host a book event, not to mention that all the bookstores in the area were either unavailable (B&N was too busy after Xmas, and two local bookstores were both moving to new locations at the time) but it felt like coming full-circle to return to my little local library for the event.

  • Paul says:

    Congrats on your tour! And thanks for sharing the photos with us.

  • Downith says:

    Absolutely wonderful Laura. I love that exclamation mark too and I love the photo of you with your brother and sister in law!

  • Lyra says:

    These are fantastic. From the handwritten note on the door to the pics of your family and friends out to celebrate. My favorite thou is the shot of you and your brother. Without knowing I would have guessed he was your sibling. There is that magical thing we do when we let all our edit buttons go when telling a sibling a story. It’s apparent all ocer your face and just lovely.

  • lisahgolden says:

    That exclamation point! How cool is this? Very. The pictures are delightful and it sounds like you feel like you’re finally at that point where this is indeed real.

  • I can’t wait to get my hands on LIVING ARRANGEMENTS. I already know I’ll love it. Congratulations, again, Laura. We’re all so happy for you.

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