Posts Tagged ‘Mohegan Sun’

CT Author’s Trail with 2 Donald Bains

October 1, 2010

I spent the night in Uncasville at the Mohegan Sun as part of the CT Author’s Tour last Thursday night. I was all set to meet Donald Bain, author of 110 books (including “Murder She Wrote” and “Coffee, Tea or Me”). I had seen his picture, and he was the Keynote speaker on this evening, so I was surprised to see him standing outside the entrance of the Ballroom chatting with the casino employees. I had both arms full with my duffel bag, easel, poster, books, etc., but unleashed some of this load to shake hands with Donald Bain. I had emailed him the week prior and he replied to my email and told me that he would stop by to say hello. I excitedly thanked him for the email and held my poster up, asking if he remembered my story, but he just nodded and smiled, as if he barely recalled. However, I told him I hoped to chat with him later, and grabbed my haul and moved inside. I was greeted by Carol, the columbia librarian, who helped set me up in the back of the room. After I got myself settled and was sitting conversing with my new meighbors, an tall, older man came up to me and told me that he had gotten my email. It was at that moment that I realized the guy at the entrance was not Donald Bain, and he probably thought that I was crazy for approaching him the way I did. Later on I would see the Donald Bain imposter with his light green jacket running up and down aisles to offer a microphone to the people who had questions. The stage in front was for Donald Bain, who sat on the stage on a chair on a rug with a lamp. He told us that this was the coolest set he’s ever had, and proceeded to tell us about his career. I sat with 2 other authors and shared marketing tales, while listening to Donald reinforce how the publishing world has changed dramatically over the years. The ballroom was very nice, the people all around were very nice, the Bain moment was a disaster even though the real Bain did chat with me for a while, but it was a wonderful experience at the end of the day. After all, how many times in one lifetime can you meet someone for the first time twice?

Connecticut Authors Trail Returns To Mohegan Sun

June 18, 2010