Every seat was taken inside the Clunie Community Center in McKinley Park on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 22, as 200 readers (mostly women) excitedly chatted about their favorite author, Vanessa Diffenbaugh at the Sacramento Bee Book Club, the ongoing program that brings A-list authors to Sacramento for free, public presentations.
Shortly after 6 p.m., Diffenbaugh walked out from behind the curtains and stood on stage, smiling and waving as a thunder of applause echoed around the spacious room.
Diffenbaugh’s 2010 debut novel, “The Language of Flowers,” spent 69 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and sold more than 1 million copies. It was written in Sacramento over the six years the author and her family lived here. They now reside in Monterey. Her new novel, “We Never Asked for Wings,” is the story of a young Bay Area single mom struggling to raise her children and secure for them a good education.
The author talked about her recent two-months-long book tour, her writing routine, her extended family, the foster-care system and how she and her husband became foster parents themselves. “My next book is going to be nonfiction,” she told the crowd, “maybe a series of essays.”
Afterward, the excited fans lined up at the autograph table to have their books signed and get their pictures taken with Diffenbaugh.
“This has been so much fun,” she said at evening’s end. “I saw so many friends from our Sacramento years.”