Nine and a half hours? That's what Google Maps told me all those weeks ago when I was figuring out the tour at the kitchen table. We have been dreading the drive, just a bit. We get up in the dark and slip out of the house. Our host Louis is asleep. Of course we went to bed late after talking with Louis, and waiting for Rachel to drop off my suitcase. (Dumb to have left it!)
We perk up with a doughnut (this has to stop!) and styrofoam coffee in Dripping Springs. A long drive like this is part of what a road trip is all about, and we're into it.
This was a lucky stop, in Hammond TX. Excellent and tidy burritos made a perfect pit stop.
Former Mexican action star turned director, Cesar Alejandro is our host here. We came to El Paso in 2007 with HONEYDRIPPER to his Bi-National Film Festival. When we were planning the book tour with Juliet Litman from McSweeny's we asked that El Paso be added to the list, because El Paso needs some love. We knew that Cesar would find the right place for a reading, though El Paso has no independent bookstore, and this beautiful new El Paso Main Library was the perfect place.
We were pleased with the turnout of 50 people considering that today UTEP is graduating thousands of students. Cesar among them! This morning he received his Masters in Film and Theater-and managed to fit in the reading as well.