John Scalzi at Poisoned Pen

John Scalzi, with an able assist from Sam Sykes, delivers a crazed rant during his appearance Saturday at the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ.

I've been following John's blog, Whatever, for years, and even sold him a story for the issue of SUBTERRANEAN MAGAZINE he guest-edited back in 2006, but it was the first time I've met him in person.  Very much like his online persona: outgoing, level-headed, able to laugh at himself, and frighteningly quick-witted.

The Poisoned Pen is a mostly-mystery bookstore that hosts frequent author signings and events, and has well-stocked shelves and knowledgable employees.  If it wasn't a 60-mile round trip from home, I'd get there a lot more frequently.

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