My wife Bridgett’s aunt, Carol, had a book launch party last night. Carol is a splendid writing coach, based in Chicago but accessible online, and couldn’t have crafted a better plot if she’d tried.

By any measure, the event at Women & Children First bookstore, on Chicago’s North side, was a huge success. Nearly 100 people turned out on a stormy night. And Carol’s book, Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories, sold out.

In addition to Carol (in photo, on right, next to Bridgett), four of the book’s 32 contributors read aloud their pieces. Each tackled a different topic, prompted by Carol’s many lessons. I wrote an essay, on risk (involving the daunting step of becoming a parent), but on this night my role was that of cameraman.

My handy digital camera captured excerpts of the event, including this entertaining segment.

To see more video clips, click here and type “Carol LaChapelle” into the search box.

Congratulations, Carol!

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