Last night I attended a book signing at the Eton Barnes & Noble in Woodmere. I had never heard of the book, but it looked like a really interesting thriller. I had to go to the store anyway, so I timed my trip to catch the discussion and signing by first-time author Daniel Levin for his book The Last Ember.
Not being familiar with the author or the book imagine my surprise when I arrived and found well over 100 (closer to 200?) people there! I love to see authors get so much support. I’m not sure if he grew up here, but a lot of his family is here. His uncle introduced him and Daniel gave a loving, heartfelt tribute to his grandfather, who happened to be sitting directly in front of me. Before he spoke the woman with his grandfather (maybe his grandmother?) turned around to me to tell me he had been on NPR that day and that lots of people could write a book, but not everyone could talk about it so well. And “He’s just so cute.” How sweet is that?
I loved hearing him talk about his book and the underlying themes in this thriller, but I don’t want to get into too much detail until I read the book. Then I might more understand what he talked about tonight. I’ll say that it is a thriller that takes place in a 24 hour period in Rome and Publisher’s Weekly compared it to The DaVinci Code. Here’s a link to his website about the book http://daniellevin.com/. It is now #7 bestseller for Amazon.com thrillers.
I hope to have Daniel stop by and guest post or do an interview soon, but first I’d like to read the book! For those in the Cleveland area, Daniel will have a book signing tonight, August 21st, at the Crocker Park Borders in Westlake at 6:30 pm.