Here's Perri signing a copy of GRAND OBSESSION for Rich Galassini, owner of Cunningham Piano of Philadelphia at the NAMM Show 2008 in Anaheim. Perri is wondering if a Blackberry might be useful new technology for long-distance autographs:
Many of the piano dealers who visited the trade show have begun selling GRAND OBSESSION in their showrooms. If you are a piano dealer and would like to sell the book or use it as a promotional item for your pianos, please contact Perri through the contact form to learn about Scribner's special program for you.
On the last night of the NAMM Show, Steve Miller, long-time Piano World Forums member, and his wife, Sharon, hosted a gala evening for GRAND OBSESSION in their elegant home in Yorba Linda.
Here is Perri reading while the Piano World cognoscenti look on:
Perri read, most appropriately, from the chapter called "Piano World." A reporter and a photographer from the L.A. Times Calendar page were there, and produced a fabulous full-page feature story on GRAND OBSESSION and adult amateur piano parties. Read the story here.
Here is reporter Swati Padney interviewing long-time forums member No. 13, Penny Arevalo:
Below, the gentleman in the gray turtleneck and dark sport coat is Carl Demler, who sold Perri her Grotrian grand. Carl is one of GRAND OBSESSION's most colorful and compelling characters:
After the reading, the piano playing commenced on the Millers' Blüthner grand. Here is Rick playing Mozart:
The crowd got livelier as the evening wore on. Here Penny is about to lob a pie at Perri while Burkhard Stein (seated right), Grotrian's managing director, visiting from Braunschweig, Germany, looks amused. Steve Miller, our host, and Steve Cohen, visiting from Maryland, are seated to the left. Cohen is demonstrating his "close up magic" tricks to Miller: