Yes, people. Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer is also author Octavia Spencer. Her first foray into the world of writing is a series aimed at the middle school crowd, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit. I hadn't seen the book cover before receiving my copy, so when I saw a bunch of short women wearing red wigs, I kept wondering, "Why is that little girl from Brave dressed in all black?" I've not seen Brave and I can't tell you what the girl wore in it, but it wasn't until I realized all of the actresses were wearing ninja outfits that it dawned on me. They were supposed to be Randi Rhodes!
Unlike the other authors that I met at BEA who took time to talk to readers, Ms. Spencer really didn't have time for that. Her signing started at 11 a.m. and when I got on line at 10:40, I was number 41 and the line quickly got longer. With just an hour to sign, there was no way she could stop and chit chat with everyone that came through or personalize each book. She did smile and ask how I was though. I've seen her promoting Sensa in her tweets and I could definitely tell that she'd lost weight, so you know, got get your Sensa on if you feel the need.
Once I escaped the Javits, it was only appropriate that I get my tourist on. We hopped on one of the 'Hop On, Hop Off" buses and headed uptown...where we ate...Popeye's. I swear we did. Yes, we have Popeye's right here in St. Louis, so don't ask me why I was all excited to be eating at one in Harlem like the chicken was going to be more authentic or something. I was impressed by their fancy new soda machine and their five wing meal deal, since we only get three wings here and pay just $ 1 less than they do.
|A few of the books I picked up|