This past Monday, March 28th, I had the chance to read my new book alongside author Joni Tevis, who is also an author of a collection of essays. The reading took place at M. Judson bookstore, an intimate setting that felt right for the reading. Everything went smoothly — the audience was attentive, laughed appropriately, and seemed to appreciate that the past lingers in ways we can’t appreciate until we gain perspective.
I read my essay titled “The Mayor” (Chapter 11 in my book), which was timely given the political climate right now, especially back in Alabama where the governor has just been caught having an affair.
The Q&A session following the reading was great, with Joni Tevis and I asking each other questions. A surprising note, though, was that she compared me to Garrison Keillor. I’ve never seen that!
Also, I am excited to announce that the official launch party for Don’t Date Baptists will happen on April 26th at M. Judson!
My family and I at M. Judson Bookstore
My daughters Layla and Pari with me
If you’re in Greenville on Monday, March 25, then come join me as I read at the EMRYS Reading Room at M. Judson Bookstore. The reading will begin at 7 pm, and I’ll be selling books afterward.
For more information, check out the EMRYS website.
My reading at Presbyterian College was a great success and I had an incredible time sharing my stories and signing books! Pictures of the event can be found on my Media page, but I wanted to share a couple more here.
Upcoming readings will be at the public library in Bessemer, Ala., at 2 pm on April 2nd, and at YoCup in Clinton, S.C., on April 4th at 5:30 pm.
Mr. Robert Stutts introduced me before the reading.
Reading from Ch. 6 of my new book
Book signing after the reading was popular
With family after the reading
It’s still a little ways off, but my reading at the Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg is set for April 19th at 7:00 pm! For more information about my reading or about this great program, check it out here!
This Thursday I’ll be reading essays from my collection Don’t Date Baptists and Other Warnings from my Alabama Mother at Presbyterian College. The reading is open to the public, so all can come and enjoy! The reading will take place in Harper Center Theatre at 7 pm. Afterwards, there will be a chance to ask me questions about my book or about writing in general, and copies of my book will be for sale! $10 for students, $12 otherwise. I can’t wait!