To my local friends — PLEASE join me at Barnes and Noble Friday, Nov. 22, 5:30-6:30 for the debut of Remember the Dragonflies: A Memoir of Grief and Healing.
I’m so excited to introduce my book right here at home in Cool Springs in the place where many of its chapters were critiqued; my writers group meets at B&N in the cafe sometimes over lattes, pretzels, and chocolate-smeared manuscripts. This will be my fifth signing at B&N.
Charlie was with me for the first three. Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul II was first. I had an essay in that anthology and did a Mother’s Day signing for the book. I sold a lot of books and got a writeup in the Chocolate newsletter. It was fun being a Chocolate Sister!
Then Pink Butterbeans. Susie made pink butterbean cookies for that event, and I ran out of books. Robbie was grabbing books from the window display and then told me to bring in any books I might have in my car. I sold those, too, and ended up giving promise notes to others, delivering the books later. I hold the record at Barnes and Noble for selling the most books of any local author.
Then came Muscadine Lines: A Southern Anthology. My husband bought flowers for my signing table, and they came with this note:
CONGRATULATIONS! KATHY’S LIFE GOALS:
1. Husband who loves, cares, and supports (Check)
2. Write & publish a book (Check)
3. Edit & publish a book (Check)
All done! I love you! Charlie
For this book, I got national recognition in the Barnes & Noble newsletter: “The Brentwood Barnes & Noble set a record for most authors participating in a single reading and signing when the creators of Muscadine Lines: A Southern Anthology gathered to sign copies of their book…Nineteen writers from the Nashville area participated… ‘The event was a great success, both in attendance and in showing Barnes & Noble’s commitment to the local writing community,’ says CRM Robbie Bryan.”
We had tables lined up all across the back of the store and authors shoulder to shoulder signing their stories. It was fun! Each author read a selection, and I remember having a big crystal bowl of muscadines by the mic.
Gathering: Writers of Williamson County was the fourth signing. I was co-editor of that anthology with Currie Alexander Powers. It was a big signing, but didn’t break the Muscadine record.
Now dragonflies! What in the world can I bring for a dragonfly? I don’t think there will be dragonfly cookies…I don’t think I can capture real dragonflies and bring them in a jar. What will I do?
Come see! Really, I’d love for you to stop in, I’d love to see you, I’d love to show you my book about the man who would love to be there himself taking pictures and watching the excitement.
And thanks to Robbie and Barnes & Noble for being such a great supporter of local writers! And friends, while you’re there to see me, buy some books as Christmas gifts or choose from their great selection of toys!
(Sometimes it feels good to toot your own horn. Okay, back to normal.)