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Friday, April 12, 2019

Breakfast with the Authors

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good week.  I spent a lot of my time waiting for repairmen to show up at the house.  It's the price we have to pay when owning an old home.

The bright spot of my week occurred yesterday.  My good buddy and neighbor, Kathy and I attended Buttonwood Books and Toys  Breakfast with the Authors.  Not only do fascinating authors speak at these events, but the audience is always filled with interesting people. I met a book rep from a major publishing house that promised to email the hottest books debuting this Summer.  I'll keep you posted.

The Buttonwood staff is warm, informative and hospitable.  This is the junior staff member, Gwendolyn, selling the books of the day.

In a few words, Annelies is the story of what Anne Frank's life would have been had she lived.

The Last Woman In The Forest is described by the author as a slow burn thriller.  It is the story of a woman who falls in love with a man who succumbs to cancer.  After dying, she starts to put together some clues that he may have been a serial killer.  She works with a retired forensic profiler in putting the pieces together.

It sounds like a perfect book for my strolls.
The scarier the book, the faster I walk.

The Honey Bus is Meredith May's memoir of her life growing up with her grandfather, who was an eccentric beekeeper.  Everything she learned about life was taught to her through the extraordinary world of bees.  Along with the purchase of Meredith's book she also included a jar of her own honey.

Unfortunately, Meredith did not make it to the breakfast due to being snowed in at the airport.

The Secret Life of Bees, one of my all-time favorite books, ignited my curiosity for bees.  I can't wait to sit down with this memoir.

A scrumptious breakfast is a standard staple at these events.

Kathy Detwiler, my friend, and owner of Buttonwood Books and Toys is always entertaining and warm when opening for the authors.

David Gillham, author of Annelies, spoke of his fascination with Anne Frank from a very young age.  He did many years of research and visited Amsterdam several times.

Diane Les Becquets, author of The Woman In The Forest, spoke of how her personal life shaped her work of fiction.  At a young age, she was held at knifepoint for many hours.  She also fell in love with a man that contracted brain cancer, the same disease that claimed her main character's life.

Diane also spoke of her research.  There were a string of murders of women in the 1980s that piqued Diane's curiosity.

I had the pleasure of sitting with lovely Diane at breakfast.
Can you believe this woman has a son in his thirties??
I'll have what she's having!

How cute is Gwendolyn's book skirt?!?

Fyi... I am currently reading:

And I am listening to:

By the way... April 27th is Independent Bookstore Day. 
If you are fortunate enough to have one in your 'hood stop by and support it.  And if you live on the South Shore, I hope to see you at Buttonwood.

Until next time...

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

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  1. What a delightful morning! It is hard to beat an outing that includes time with good friends, books and food, unless its grandchildren. I am going to check out some of your book recommendations. Thanks.

  2. In my town, all the family or independently owned bookstores are a thing of the past��. The smell, the feel of the books and the lively conversation you find in the quaintness of a small store is what I truly miss. Such a safety net of pleasure found inside those walls. Sigh....you always make me “remember “ when you write of your author meetings. Relish your time in those stores...for me!!!

  3. I love hearing authors talk. Enjoyed "attending" this talk through you. And I can't believe I've never read The Secret Life of Bees. I need to fix that pronto!

  4. How I would enjoy going to one of these breakfast meetings. The Honey Bus will definitely be on my TBR list as we are bee keepers in GA....well Marvin does the work, I just help put with putting it in jars. How I wish my Daddy was still here to get his bee keeping advice. I should have paid more attention when I was a girl!! That book skirt is amazing!

  5. We used to have a great book store in our historic and lovely downtown but now all we have left is Books-a-Million. Barnes and Noble close years ago, too. I always enjoy your lists!!

  6. What a wonderful event! I'm interested in reading all of these books. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  7. My goodness that author looks young! Amazing that she has a son in his thirties! That looks like a wonderful event to attend, Katie. -Jenn

  8. I love these types of gatherings. We enjoyed meeting authors in tiny quaint bookstores when living in Maine. It's a very, very different style of bookstores in the East than large commercial stores. Rather charming I think. Thank you so much for sharing the experience Katie...I really loved it!

  9. I absolutely love spending time (hours!) in bookstores. It is a sad commentary on our current society that there are so few of them any more. I do what I can to support my local bookstores.

  10. What a wonderful morning for you. Good friends, speakers and books! Unfortunately my favorite bookstore is not in my town but I'm always happy when I'm there! Happy weekend.....

  11. Fun day! Small local bookstores are THE best!

  12. These events always look like so much fun! "Annalies" is on my TBR list -- I would love that one.

    Beautiful setting and food, too. Oh, you do the most fun things!

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