For those around here looking to give something a bit more unique for the holidays, how about a personally autographed book? Next week, I'll be part of the "Del Norte Authors' Holiday Book Signing and Sales" at the county library in Crescent City. It's put on by many of the fine folks who bring you the annual North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference (including yours truly), and will include some author readings and free food and drink (likely coffee, tea, cookies--that sort of thing).
It goes down on Thursday, December 3, the same night as the Business Improvement District's annual Miracle on Third Street, in which downtown shops stay open late, offering free goodies, and Santa hangs around for the kids. The Miracle on Third is from 4-7pm, and the book reading/signing/sales will be from 6-8pm (to catch some of the foot traffic from the Miracle). In between readings, we're planning on having some light music and time for people to chat with the authors.
I believe I'm on deck to go second in the book reading. I'll read some from my children's book for adults, The Little Veal Cutlet That Couldn't about the happy cow that ends up at the slaughterhouse. Or I might surprise and read from something more festive (though I'm pretty sure I will not read from "Blitzenkrieg," my Santa Claus vs. The Cockroaches apocalypse story--I don't think it will be the right crowd)
If you're in the area, stop by, say hi, and support local authors.