Saturday, February 18, 2006

totally criminal cocktail hour

You're invited to attend Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour hosted by The Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, Minnesota. Stillwater is a beautiful rivertown located 30 miles east of St. Paul. Victorian homes, bluffs, river valleys. Movies have been filmed there. Beautiful Girls, Grumpy Old Men, some Fargo scenes. That was back before grants were cut and there was still an incentive to film in Minnesota.
But that's another story...

Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour

Where: The Dock Cafe -- Stillwater, Minnesota
When: March 1, 4:30 - 6:00
How much: Ten bucks for appetizers. (Cash bar.)
Who: Yours truly, along with Pat Dennis, writer, stand-up comic, and social butterfly.

I haven't been to one of these, but I think Pat and I talk for a few minutes about writing, then mingle and get wasted.

My big concern comes from the words cocktail hour.
Does this mean dressing up?
I own one summer skirt. The rest of my wardrobe consists of jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers. Should I go shopping?

I feel bad about people paying ten bucks. I can think of it this way. They are paying 9 for Pat and 1 for me. Then I don't feel so bad. I'll also give everybody a Pale Immortal DVD. If the evening goes well, this could kind of be the start of something... My friend Jer is also a stand-up comic... hmmm....

Here's something i cut from the Valley Bookseller site:

The Valley Bookseller presents a Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour, part of a new series of literary events featuring popular thriller and mystery writers.
Sponsored by The Valley Bookseller, Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour complements A Taste for Books (an on-going series of literary luncheon events), to offer the opportunity to hear presentations and meet favorite authors in intimate, informal settings. Joci Tilsen, owner of The Valley Bookseller, an independent bookstore located on Main Street in historic downtown Stillwater says, "It's so important to me, as an independent bookseller, to offer much more than just books. The Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour is a fun way to enrich the literary lives of our customers.
People always love to meet their favorite authors and have their books signed in person, and we thought we would try this twist on the in-store appearance. The first event was so well received that we have decided to do several." The price of $10.00 includes the appetizer tasting, book signing, and the chance to visit with the authors (and you never know who else might show up!).

Join us at The Dock Cafe in downtown Stillwater.
Take out your calendar and mark the first Tuesday of each month to meet local mystery writers and other fans. Now, call and make your reservation. Reservations are required: call The Valley Bookseller at 651.430.3385. Cost of $10 includes appetizers and cash bar is available. Note that we've moved to the Dock Cafe.

Wednesday, March 1, 4:30 - 6 pm, Anne Frasier ( Before I Wake; Play Dead; Sleep Tight; Hush) and Pat Dennis (Hot Dish to Die For; Stand-Up and Die).
In Before I Wake, Frasier delivers a new blockbuster thriller about a one-time criminal profiler who will risk everything, including her own sanity, to lure out of hiding the madman who murdered her family--even if she herself becomes the number-one suspect.
In Hotdish To Die For, a collection of culinary mystery short stories by Pat Dennis, an award-winning humorist and writer, that prove it's often a crime to serve hotdish, a heartlander term for casserole. Dennis' fiction and humor have appeared in such publications as Woman's World and Minnesota Monthly.


Anonymous said...

I'll be there in spirit.

(Okay, not literally. I don't plan on joining the choir invisible.)

Gina Holmes said...

Great blog, glad I happened upon it!

emeraldcite said...

Exciting. You're so popular!

I'd show up with bells on and a belly ready for beer, except if you plot us on the map, I'm the farthest point from...

Enjoy, nonetheless! Tell us all the cool stuff that happens.

Jeff said...

I won't be`able to make it either. Wish I could. Hope you guys have a great time. :)

Mary Louisa said...

I've just gotta figure out a way to get to Stillwater, MN that night and back home before the baby wakes up to be nursed. I've got $10 for the ticket!!!

p.s. I can't wait to find out what you're wearing.
p.p.s. I would suggest heels with jeans...but the KNEE problem! You know I feel ya, sister.

anne frasier said...

jason, i like the idea of someone showing up in spirit. i'm sure they must have ghosts in stillwater.

gina, welcome to my blog! please visit again!

emeralcite, it was 9 BELOW here this morning. you don't want to get near this place!

jeff, there will be other cocktail hours. :)

mary louisa, i'll keep you posted on the outfit. i just realized i'll be able to walk up the steps into the bar, but i won't be able to go down the steps to leave. hehe

Kelly Parra said...

These Cocktail hours sound cool. Wish I could be there too. Hmm, for eventsI usually try and buy a new top. hehe.

Don't forget to give us a full report!! And maybe a pic or 2. ;D