I’ve had so many book-related events recently that I decided it was high time to organize a “book signing bag” that stays packed and ready to go whenever I am giving a talk, joining a book club, or headed to a bookstore event. Now I won’t forget my pen or other important stuff.
Thanks to Hannah Williams of @happystrangers (who I met serendipitously at a book club event just as I needed someone to take a picture) for taking this beautiful photograph!
Here’s what’s in my bag:
A gorgeous ball-point pen, a gift from one of my husband’s Japanese business colleagues. It’s hefty, has beautiful woodgrain and—best of all—bears a magnetic cap that makes it oh-so-clickable
A stack of business cards and another set of cards with information about one or more of my books
A small pad of personalized notecards and sticky notes for jotting down notes or sharing tidbits of information
A nice cover for my iPad (I leave my worn-out cover at home) and some screen wipes
My Square Reader, which allows people to pay for extra books with their credit or debit card. (Some folks rarely carry a checkbook or even cash, but most of us have our plastic handy!)
I am an art historian writing about everything from Venetian gondolas to Limoges porcelain, Chinese silk, and cowboy boots. I am the author of the award-winning novel, THE GONDOLA MAKER, and the LAURA MORELLI'S AUTHENTIC ARTS travel guide series. I hold a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and my work has been featured on National Geographic Traveler, USA TODAY, CNN Radio, The Frommers Travel Show, and other media. My art history lessons can be found at TED-Ed.