Gosh, there is just no way a blog post is going to do the Fairhope/Mobile/Jackson Tour justice. I mean, it was awesome! And I am CERTAIN my mother's presence had everything to do with it. (Also, all her sweet cousins! Who knew I had relatives in Fairhope?!) Magic, I tell you. And here she is, all bursting with maternal pride when we spied LEAVING GEE'S BEND at the Books-A-Million in Daphne.
And here we are getting all clever at Page & Palette in Fairhope. Emily is Awesome, and we had a great turnout, thanks to the Pensters, who showed up with smiles and hugs and general merriment. Thanks, PT, for putting the word out!
What to say about the Dauphin Island Parkway Library DIVAs?? Well, let me say something about the library staff first. I was so impressed and touched by the way they care about these kids. I mean, they are working HARD to make a difference in these kids' lives. I was thrilled and honored to be a part of. And hey, that cake was delicious! Thanks, y'all, for making me feel so welcome!
Wait till you hear this: my mom and I are SO on the same wavelength. While she was at home making me this quilted pillow (cut from all the fabrics we used to make the clothesline props I use for school visits), I was at home making her this quilted sunflower wallhanging! We were both quilting for each other. Cool, huh?
Okay. Monday night I was the guest of honor at Sue Walker's home for "Tavia's Salon." The place was packed, and Russ from Bienville Books was pretty happy about selling out of books... and I had fun talking about and reading from the novel to folks I have met/seen on the poetry circuit. (I just made that up -- I guess when you go to a "salon" you start thinking you need a fancier vocabulary.) Anyhow, it was a lovely evening, and I am so grateful to Sue and Ron for being such wonderful hosts!
Last stop on the Tour was Lemuria Books where I was greeted by yet another Awesome Bookseller Named Emily and stacks and stacks of books! Unfortunately there was a threat of snow, so not many people ventured out... but I had a blast with Sarah Campbell and media specialist/cool person Julie Owen and young Sami, who was celebrating her eleventh birthday, and I got to be the first author she's ever met. :) Good times, I tell you! They just keep coming!!