|Locked Within, all set for its debut.|
Oh, no one else thought that? Just me? Excuse me while I take a moment to blush.
In spite of the lack of champagne-shattering, book launches are fun. Paul has said that they're probably the only moment of public recognition that a writer gets - which is a bit of a swizz, really, since musicians get to play gigs and impress everyone at parties, and artists get exhibition openings and can post photos of their amazing works on Facebook. But writers mostly work in private, so launches are extra-special.
|"I am a proper writer with a pen and everything!"|
It was a great event. I knew Paul at college, so there was a mini-reunion vibe as people I hadn't seen in years reappeared. The book was officially launched by Dr. Ron Callan, deputy head of the School of English in UCD (both my and Paul's alma mater), who spoke eloquently and elegantly about the book and his relationship with Paul. Then Paul said a few words - I don't remember much of them, because he thanked me quite early in his speech and all I remember after that is pleasant but total embarrassment.
It was unique in another way. It's unusual to get the chance to honour our friends' professional lives, beyond a quick congratulations when they have an accomplishment. Bragging about your professional achievements (in Ireland anyway) is not culturally typical and we rarely celebrate our friends' professional successes. It was nice to have a chance to do just that.
|Nathan and Paul on their big night. Paul clearly wants to kill me here.|