I had a tableful of thoughtful, funny, interesting women and I hope they had as good a time as I did. The two keynote speeches would have killed in any comedy club in the country, the first from Scott Turow and the second from Alexander McCall Smith.
Authors often write because it alleviates the pressure of coming up with the right word on the spot, a requirement of public speaking. So it was astounding to hear 50 of us speak off the cuff for one minute each (strictly timed by Mistress Joan Hanson), and not one of us embarrassed himself too badly.
There was an author's champagne reception afterwards where I had a chance to visit with friends and chat with "Sandy" McCall Smith for a good half hour. All in all, it was a delightful day. I highly recommend it for authors and readers alike. Next year's will be a mini-MOM at Bouchercon in Long Beach. I'll be there!