HarperCollins informed me last week that they would allow the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association to host a private book-signing with the writing team of Jefferson Bass, on the night before their latest novel, Cut to the Bone, was released to the general public. If I held the meeting in our usual spot, inside the FBI building on Dowell Springs Road, only FBIKCAAA members would be allowed to attend. If I could find another venue on short notice, each of the members could bring a guest.
As I drove away from the kickoff breakfast for Hispanic Heritage Month, I had a phone conversation with Susan Seals of the Bone Zones team about possible venues. I had to get back to the radio station in time for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce. They were honoring the new Q100.3 and WNOX.
I parked the car and ended the phone call. In the parking lot, I met one the Chamber members who was also arriving for the ceremony. She introduced herself as Mel Stewart of Highland West Memorial Park. WNOX had recently promoted their free lunch for first responders on September 11. Mel asked me to keep them in mind if I ever needed use of their facility. In fact, I did.
We held the event on Monday evening. In addition to Highland West’s generous donation of the room, Sam’s Club provided party trays of vegetables and cookies. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase any of the Jefferson Bass books and to have them personally signed by Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. I served as moderator, leading each of the two into various stories about fictional crimes and the real-life crimes that inspired them.
Two of the guests were professional photographers. Tonya Cinnamon and Stephanie Richer snapped many great shots. Stephanie also wrote a nice blog post about the evening that had me smiling. The post also showed me smiling, as you can see below.