Biblioteca Mark Twain, the largest collection of English language books in the country. The library is located at the Centro Cultural Norteamericano Costarricenses. I've donated many books to this library over the years, but this is the first time I've donated a novel of my own making. That was a lot of fun. I hope it finds many happy readers here.
I also brought down several copies, hardcover and paperback, that had been requested by friends and family, plus a few extras just in case -- which have come in handy after all. Though the story is set firmly in a temperate environment, many of the scenes in the early chapters were inspired by the forests of Costa Rica, most especially the highlands of Talamanca, which in this part of the tropics support forests dominated by oak. Costa Rica is one of the top sources of visits to this blog, running neck-and-neck for third place with Canada (behind the United States and the United Kingdom). So I think EOLYN will find a good home here, and with any luck will be picked up by some of the local bookstores that cater to English language speakers and expats.
Of course, someday I hope EOLYN will also be translated to Spanish. There's been talk about that in the virtual halls of Hadley Rille Books, so it's not outside of the realm of possibilities.
In other news, I'll be at the Campbell Conference this weekend, hosted by the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I've heard a lot of wonderful things about this conference, dedicated to science fiction but welcoming of the genres of fantasy and horror. Many well-known authors will be there, and I am very much looking forward to having the opportunity to interact with them. If you are in the area, there will be a group booksigning event at the Jayhawk Ink Bookstore in the Kansas Union, on Saturday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Okay. Back to vacationing. I'll check in early next week with news about the Campbell Conference and more on upcoming events. Until then, Pura Vida!