Thank you to Mrs. Dalloway’s for a thoroughly enjoyable evening in Berkeley yesterday. (Full house, beautiful store, and dozens of people I’ve never met before.) Better yet, it was welcoming and very comfortable, like reading in someone’s living room. After the reading, I talked to a woman who had a situation that was scarily similar to my “cactus bite” situation (so I’m not the only one!) The turnout was a pretty even split between non-hikers and hikers, although there were a couple of PCT through-hikers from ’81, along with several people who are contemplating the trail. I gave them a list of recommended readings, including “The Pacific Crest Trail: A Hiker’s Companion,” by Karen Berger and Daniel R. Smith, which provides a solid, entertaining overview of the flora, fauna, landscape and history. In the coming weeks, I’m going to Anaheim, California, for the American Library Association conference at the convention center. Also, I’m going on a national speaking tour of sorts without leaving my house. I am doing phone-in radio spots in Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, and will provide more details when the time draws near. If you happen to live in Rochester, NY, a TV station is running a brief bit about “Cactus” early next week, possibly with some scary photos dating from the trip. I’ll keep you posted when I find out more about these things. No news about the crawlspace letters today. And keep sending in those hiking (and non-hiking) stories. Eventually I’d like to set up some kind of on-line anthology featuring your work.