Book Club Meetings


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Last night I attended another author (book club) appearance for BONES OF AN INLAND SEA. The book group was marvelous (they are aptly named, too: Joie de Vivre) and offered plenty of really insightful questions and intelligent, encouraging comments. It was a gathering of great readers, great book lovers. The whole evening warmed my authorly heart to the core. (Or maybe that was the hot flashes?) At any rate, we took a picture to commemorate our fun evening and I offer it...

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Yesterday and last night, yet another lake effect snow storm dumped two feet of heavy, wet snow in South Buffalo–on the day that my co-author and I had scheduled one of our biggest author appearances of the year. And wouldn’t you know it? The NY State Thruway actually closed down–trapped motorists ran out of fuel and were stranded in their cars with rescuers coming to them by snowmobile…you just gotta love western New Yorkers and their can-do attitudes. But, unfortunately, heavy snowfall meant that the attendance for the meeting was down by almost half and we didn’t sell nearly the number of books we had hoped to, but the audience was very receptive, the salmon at lunch was good, and we had fun. (Even if I was too keyed up to eat my dessert–it looked fabulous.) I had brought some Krupnik (Polish honey liqueur) that my mom’s Polish friend sent for Andy, so I passed that along to him. It was yellowish liquid in a small glass jar–looking very much like a urine sample–I’m sure any witnesses to the hand-off wondered, “What the heck?” (Why, selling my urine so Andy can pass a drug test, of course!) 92 people had signed up for the luncheon and paid in advance. We had 51 actually show up. But it was really heartwarming to see stooped-over elderly ladies hobbling across the parking lot using their canes in the snow just to come and hear us speak. (I stood there and opened the doors for them while I waited for Andy to arrive. He was almost late–traffic from his part of the state was at a standstill.) All I can say is western New Yorkers are made of tough stuff. Our local TV station prints out T-shirts that read, “Hey, it’s Buffalo. It snows. Deal with it.” But all in all it was a wonderful appearance with gracious, attentive hosts and a fine time was had by all–despite the snow....

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My co-author and I had a great event this past Sunday at St. George’s Church in Buffalo. Our audience was delightful (an Over 55 group) and Andy kept joking that he was holding out for an “Over 75” group. They were attentive and receptive and bought all of the books we had brought with us. it was a lovely afternoon. Coming up, two days at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Academy next week, and the Buffalo Book Fair on March 27th. Should be...

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Andy and I recently had our first book club experience and it was amazing! The wonderful thing about book clubs is that they are most often held in private homes, with a small group of attentive readers, there’s food and drink, and no need to “perform” as with a public reading. The meeting is held primarily to discuss the book with readers who have already read it, who are discriminating and intelligent and have interesting questions. We even sold nine additional books to members who already had their own copies and wanted to share the book with others. It was so amazing to see this articulate group of interested readers sitting there with their books all marked and tabbed and highlighted. I think they remembered more about the book than I did. And several members had marked specific passages where a quote or a lesson or even just a simple observation had come to them at the perfect time to help them through some difficulty in their lives. What could be better? This is why I write. This makes all those long hours at the keyboard worthwhile. I feel so grateful to readers, strangers who voluntarily give me approximately 8 hours of their lives, attending to words on the page–words that I’ve written. Then they take the words into their minds and hearts and make the book into an experience that speaks to them alone. They finish my book. Did I mention that it’s...

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