Friday, June 11, 2010

Pot Thief Tour 2010 - Day 28

I gave a talk to the Book Club at the Mission Del Paso Campus of El Paso Community College yesterday. EPCC has campuses all over El Paso County, and Mission Del Paso is the newest one, located in the growing town of Socorro. They had selected The Pot Thief Who Studied Ptolemy as their book last month and were full of questions about it. After they realized the questions had gone on for two hours, they apologized, pointing out that their next book is Anna Karenina, and they won’t have anyone to answer questions about it. The most famous quote from Tolstoy’s work is probably the first sentence: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Another one I like is, “Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”

Someone from the IT department had set up a PowerPoint presentation that ran automatically on a projection screen in the in the background. It had pictures from my website, of the books, and of some of the locations mentioned in the books. At one point I was asked where I was going next, and before I could remember, the screen had my next three events listed on it!

The Campus Dean, Santiago Rodriquez, and Lesley Pullen, the Librarian who heads the book club, were great hosts, providing all the attendees with a Chinese food lunch of hot and sour soup, roasted chicken, noodles, and an eggplant and basil stir-fry to die for. Even Lai liked it, and she usually hates Chinese food from restaurants.

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