Of Book Fests and Libraries

Next week I will be heading to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take part in the Kerrytown Book Fest.

On Sunday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. I’ll be in the Main Tent with Laurel Huber Davis, Greer Macallister, and Pamela Toler talking about “Women in History” in fiction and nonfiction. Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende will moderate.

It’s certainly not the first time I’ll be talking about women in history, but it will be my first appearance at a book festival. I’m sure I’ll be meeting all sorts of interesting readers and writers. (Maybe I’ll even see more of Ann Arbor than I did the last time I was there, when all my views were of the inside of an archives!)

And on Monday, November 20, the Paging Through the Past book club at the Portage County (Wisconsin) Public Library will be discussing Angels of the Underground. I’ll be on hand for that, too. For additional details, click here.

I’m glad to have these two events on my calendar. I love talking to people about what they’re reading–whether it’s my book or someone else’s. Plus it helps keep my mind off the whole book proposal submission process, which is where I’m at right now.


World Book Day

There seems to be a day for everything–ice cream, pickles, beer–you name it and you can celebrate it.

Today is World Book Day. As an avid reader and a painstaking writer, this is my kind of day.

This special day for books has me thinking about an event I attended earlier this week. A local book club chose my recent Angels of the Underground as their April book, and invited me to the meeting to talk about the book. This club has been active since the 1930s, and its members are serious about their love of books. (Its business meetings are convened with the sharp rap of a gavel.) The members prefer to read nonfiction and especially like books that deal with women’s issues. We all had a wonderful conversation about Angels that stretched beyond my presentation into the cheesecake-and-coffee social time.

A couple of days later, the book club sent a lovely flower arrangement as a thank you. Seems like I should have been the one to send the flowers!

book club flowers