Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Few Highlights from We Love Gee's Bend Day!

Claudia Pettway Charley, Irene Latham,
China Pettway, Mary Allison Haynie,
Mary Ann Pettway & Lillis Taylor
(now that's a quilt-loving bunch!)
As I continue my catch-up posts, it seems particularly appropriate that I should be blogging about a Gee's Bend event on the very same day when I am driving down to Camden, where I will give presentations to students in both Camden and Gee's Bend! It's a beautiful time of year to visit Wilcox County, and I am so grateful to Sulynn Creswell at Black Belt Treasures for arranging my visit. More on this soon!

For now I just have to tell you: We Love Gee's Bend Day! was a-mazing. What a great launch for the new paperback edition of Leaving Gee's Bend. Here is a video of China Pettway and Mary Ann Pettway singing "Steal Away":

I was so touched by the things people shared about how their lives have been affected by the quilts and the quilters. What a warm, generous community! Here's a very special young reader sharing her thoughts and favorite passage:

And here is a link to Ann Griffin reading her favorite passage. (I had to link, or else Blogger might explode from all the video!)

Finally, here is a photo collage of a few of the speakers. I'm so grateful!

Claudia Pettway Charley and I decided we'd like to team up to do some presentations, so if your group is interested in hearing from and author AND a former Gee's Bend resident/quilter, we would love to share our stories with you! Contact irene (at) irenelatham (dot) com.

Bonus photo: Here's me with China and Mary Ann, way back at the 2010 launch party for Leaving Gee's Bend! (It was January. Brrr.)

Mary Ann Pettway, Irene Latham, China Pettway


  1. It sounds like a very special day, Irene. I love that you'll be presenting with a former Gee's Bend quilter. Have a wonderful day today!

  2. Oh, I wish I could have been there. Such joy around books AND quilts is irresistible! I'll be back later to watch the videos. I'm off to my granny nanny gig.


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