Had a wonderful time at “First Friday” on May 4th in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama. Included as part of an author’s roundup, I joined several others to do a book signing for the Page and Palette Book Store. If you are lucky enough to visit Fairhope you need to check out this book store. They host frequent community events and are a must stop for many best-selling authors such John Sanford (a personal favorite of mine) who will be talking about his new book on May 22.
While I sat at my table trying to look friendly, my husband browsed the streets of Fairhope which were packed with families, grandparents, and packs of teenage girls. Not sure where all the boys were. The Page and Palette had a steady stream of people who browsed, purchased books, and stopped for ice cream on the way out. Wine, cheese, snacks, and dessert bars were scattered about the section of the store that usually serves as a coffee shop. There is also a cool bicycle shop upstairs.
In fact, according to my hubby, there was plenty of free food all over town, along with street musicians and arts and crafts. I can’t wait for the next First Friday so I can walk around.
I did enjoy talking to the other authors. Everyone had an interesting story about why they wrote. At the table next to me were identical twins, Katherine and Margaret King, who were selling their book titled: “Y’all Twins?” Their stories begin at age six when they hopped a ride on the back of a wagon driven by, unbeknownst to them, a famous member of the community, William Faulkner. I just had to read those stories and look forward to visiting their home town of Oxford Mississippi.
Anyone who would like a funny and nostalgic trip back to the fifties, will love the book. I believe their next one will be called “Which is Which?” They were kind enough to let me snap a photo so you can see what I am talking about.
Please check the “Events” tab on my site to see upcoming events. I will be interviewed on an internet radio program called “Authors Show” that airs on May 21st at:
The interview will be repeated throughout the day. I am also putting together a tour of the Southeast where much of The Messenger took place so keep posted.