I had a good time yesterday at Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida and thank my hostesses there. Of the three titles they had copies on hand we sold out of two and made a respectable dent in the third. The rain held off although it looked stormy for a while. I met folks from Lebanon and St. Louis, Missouri and from Arkansas. Many were from Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Today calls for more wind and rain. Sizeable whitecaps are hitting the shore as I watch. I’m thinking of the small ships at sea in the days of Columbus and how many went to their doom in stormy weather. No telling how many wrecks decorate ocean floors with their grim fates.
Well, back in the wheel this morning. At the moment I’m wrestling with an eel.
I’ll be signing AND THE BULLFROGS SING today at Barnes & Noble from 11:00 – 1:00. Come by if you’re out and about.
I’ll also be signing all the copies that were pre-ordered and pre-paid by parents at David Harrison Elementary and McBride Elementary. They can pick up their copies today and any that remain at the store will be delivered to the schools on Monday.
Have a good weekend. I hope you don’t get stormed on where you live.
I’m back, thanks to the clever couplets provided by friends who knew how to help me locate my muse and rushed to my aid with advice. My thanks to all!
Saturday’s book signing at Maschino’s in Springfield went very well, thanks to the excellent planning of Nancy Dornan, Jeanne and David Duffey, and the rest of the team. I don’t know yet how much was raised for Writers Hall of Fame but it was a great effort and much appreciated.
For me a highlight was meeting a little girl named Gentry. Her grandmother, Anne Cox, was one of the other authors signing books and she brought Gentry over to meet me. I asked what grade she’s in and she said she was in kindergarten but they put her in first grade. I picked up FARMER’S DOG GOES TO THE FOREST and read the first page in which the dog interviews the trail that leads into the woods in a poem for two voices.
Anne then said, “Gentry, why don’t you read the next page?” And this charming young girl proceeded to read effortlessly, flawlessly, and with obvious understanding of what she was reading. That page, the next, and on. Soon she picked up another book and read that. I don’t know when she learned to read, or who taught her, but Gentry has been given that most precious gift of reading and is on her way. I thought about her the rest of the day.
When an author meets one-on-one with such a delightful young reader, it’s a day worth remembering. Thank you, Gentry. The pleasure was mine.
A reminder of a fund raising book signing this Saturday to support scholarship efforts by Writers Hall of Fame for graduating high school students who want to pursue their interest in writing. Be there to help if you can. Thanks in advance.
Book Signing Party
Saturday December 6, 2014
11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
1715 S. Campbell Avenue
A free event that benefits
Writers Hall of Fame
A local group of volunteers who give college scholarships
to area high school seniors.
Other authors scheduled to sign and sell their books include:
Alan E. Bailey – Dolores: The Alexander Saga
Mary Elizabeth Bradley –A Doctor’s Daughter
Anne Cox – I Am a Yogi
Jeanne Christakos Duffey – Cook Like a Greek!
Gayle Harper – Roadtrip with a Raindrop
Todd Parnell – Mom at War, Postcards from Branson, The Buffalo, Ben and Me
Dr. Nancy O’Reilly -Leading Women
Anita Roberts–Springfield 1830-1930, Branson
David Harrison — When Cows Come Home, Pirates, bugs
Sherry J. Cook and Terri Johnson, Missouri State University professors, have created the Quirkles Exploring Phonics through Science, 26 books and a digital series, to help children develop a love and appreciation of science and literacy.