Invited to Hatchards Author of the Year Reception I looked on the web to see what kind of event I was accepting an invitation to. This is what I found, on the website of Terence Blacker:
“The Hatchards Author of the Year Party.
Once a year, the bookshop Hatchards distributes joy or despair among the ranks of authors by conferring or denying them a place at their annual party. Invitations are extended more or less randomly and then, just to make the whole thing more fun, are frequently sent to the wrong address. As a result, guests have to pass through heaving ranks of the uninvited who are pleading their literary credentials to a stony-faced Hatchards bouncer. Sweeping past these also-rans, fanning oneself with an invitation, can be one of the highlights of the literary year.”
This is ‘Literary event no 10. There are 9 other ‘literary events’ not to be missed listed on the site. I have been to none of the above. Does this mean that I am an unambitious author? Or now that I have fast tracked to number 10 could this be a breakthrough?
Whatever, I will enjoy browsing the shelves of a wonderful bookshop and discovering new delights.