We gathered in Jessica's living room at 4:00. The table was filled with snacks. Champagne and wine were served. I signed books. Lots of good conversation. Then I read and babbled on for about 20 minutes. That was followed by a Q&A, always fun. Then more conversation and more signing. A happy day.
I hope that if you have a friend with a book coming out you will consider hosting a salon. In days of old these were commonly held for various artistic events. I hope they're making a comeback.