Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Big thanks to my husband Paul for taking these pics AND video AND wrangling our sons while I spoke and signed and hugged... THE BEST, I tell you.

First up, the sign Lori and Katie from North Shelby Library got printed:

Next, here's me and the family before the event. The boys were funny, btw. And sweet. I wasn't sure how they'd hold up. But several people told me how polite they were and how proud they said they were of their mama. :)

Now me with my left-handedness making me look VERY serious about signing that book!

Me and Mary Ann and China Pettway, two of the quilters from Gee's Bend -- without whom there would be no LEAVING GEE'S BEND. They sang, they talked, they made people laugh... I was so so so happy to share this time with them! (Next stop, ladies: Flint!)

Speaking of folks without whom there would be no book... me and my mama. I was SO HAPPY she was in the audience! She fit right in with all the quilters.

Have I mentioned the most awesome bookseller in the world?? Yes. Linda Brown from Milestone Books. And gorgeous too!

And, finally, CAKE! I didn't get a chance to eat any, but the boys said it was rockin'.

Thanks to SO MANY for making it an incredible event. So many people came that I didn't even know! And it was great to see old friends. I really can't describe the feeling. I'm hoping for another great event this Saturday, 2 pm, to Hoover Library. See you there!


  1. Congratulations! I am so excited for you!!!!

  2. Wow look at that cake... how do they do that..
    I guess I'm just country, slap on that icing then eat it.
    True, I don't eat cake... except pineapple up side down.
    Happy, happy, happy for you

  3. Great photo, Irene! I'm so proud of you!

  4. Congratulations Irene... I hope that we will see soon your second, third, and forth book.

  5. I so wish that I could have been there to celebrate with you! Your family is beautiful! I think that is the first picture I have seen of all of you together. You must post more!



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