Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June Red River Pulpwood Queen Meeting

I'd like to say "thank you" to all of you ladies who joined me at Columbia Cafe last night for a great dinner and book discussion. I hope you all had as wonderful a time as I did! I know several of queens had other obligations so here is the recap from the meeting:

Longtime member Suzanne Creech joined us and was excited to tell us about her new career as a florist! Horror author Michelle McCrary became a member last night and was eager to help us out in the debate between traditional paper books and digital readers.

The novel Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese was our main topic for the evening. Some of us had finished it, some of us had not, but the topics were interesting enough that no one was left out of the discussions. For example, this novel creates a vivid picture of Ethiopian female medical practices, so we were left to ponder the differences between medicine in America as opposed to third world countries and if we, as modern women, could ever endure things such as no anesthesia or primitive birthing practices. We also tried to consider the human side of doctors in general and how easy or hard it would be to be able to separate work from emotions. Another question that we pondered was why the topic of religion was not as prominent in the novel as one would expect when reading about characters named Shiva and Sister Mary Joseph Praise.

While dining on tarragon chicken salad, cheese plates, mushroom soup, and desserts of creme brule and pecan pie, we talked briefly about the Louisiana Book Festival's choice to close this year and a possible road trip mid October to the Texas Book Festival in Austin.

I look forward to seeing you all in July as we discuss The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel. We will continue to share our top 15 Favorite Books lists as the months go along.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Upcoming RRPQ Meeting!

Just a reminder that the next Red River Pulpwood Queen meeting will be Tuesday night (June 29) at 6:30, Columbia Cafe in Shreveport.

We will be discussing Abraham Verghese's novel Cutting For Stone as well as sharing our 15 Favorite Books lists (make sure you bring your list! For those who can't make it, make sure you bring your list next time!). See you ladies there...with crowns on!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Author Allen Whitley At Beauty And The Book

What do you get when you cross a writer, blues music and a stylish beauty salon? Lots of fun! Author Allen Whitley traveled to Jefferson, Texas all the way from Austin to promote his new book and CD Where Southern Cross the Dog. With his blues music playing in the background and his pen at the ready, I found Allen to be friendly, charming and eager to find out more about his public rather than gloating about his writing career. After spending the afternoon signing books at Queen Kathy Patrick's salon Beauty and the Book, this up-and-coming shining star in Southern fiction joined Kathy and her husband Jay for an evening of music and fun at the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival in Music City, TX. Contact Kathy Patrick to get your own signed copy of Where Southern Cross the Dog today!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Support La Author, Gulf

25% of proceeds from signed copies of The Sound of Building Coffins by New Orleans author Louis Maistros sold in his Ebay Store will be donated to America's Wetland Foundation to help clean up the Gulf oil spill. Purchase MUST be made using here for the donation to be made. Louis attended the 2009 Author! Author! Shreveport book festival as well as the 2009 Louisiana Book Festival.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What Are You Reading Now?

Finished with the June book selection? Reading something alongside Abraham Verghese's Cutting For Stone? I always keep a pile of books on my bedside table. What's in your pile?

What Queen Carey is reading:
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White (now in paperback)
Delta Blues edited by Carolyn Haines

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blues & Books - Special Event!

Beauty and the Book is please to announce author, Allen Whitley of Where Southern Cross the Dog, (book and blues CD) will be doing a book signing Saturday, June 19, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Beauty and the Book, 608 North Polk Street, Jefferson, Texas. Read the interview that Kathy Patrick gave Allen Whitley here.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

August Selection - Paperback

August Pulpwood Queen book selection Zeitoun by Dave Eggars will be released in paperback format at Barnes & Noble on June 15! Barnes & Noble card members can pick up a copy for only $10. 76, whereas non-members must pay $15.95. Signed hardback copies are, of course, available at the Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans (where I got my copy!).

Synopsis: When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy — an American who converted to Islam — and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible. LikeWhat Is the What, Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research — in this case, in the United States, Spain, and Syria. (Barnes & Noble)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Sad Day for LA Writers And Readers

The Louisiana Book Festival is canceled for 2010 because of state budget cuts, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton announced this week.

The annual festival outside the State Capitol could be in doubt for 2011 as well because budget problems are only expected to worsen when federal stimulus dollars run dry.

The Louisiana Book Festival, which premiered in 2002, takes place in October or November each year and features plenty of local authors, speakers, readings, book signings, food booths and musical performances.

About 5,000 people attended in the first year and it grew to more than 25,000 people in 2009, she said. In the past, only Hurricane Katrina has derailed the festival. (The Advocate)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gone To The Book Signing

Judy Christie
Monday, June 7
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Centenary College, Shreveport
(click for map)

Our own Red River Pulpwood Queen Judy Christie will be signing "Gone to Green" and "Hurry Less Worry Less" books Mon., June 7, from noon till 2 p.m. at the La. Annual Conference at Centenary College. Place advance orders for "Goodness Gracious Green" to be released later this year.

Synopsis: In Gone to Green, Lois goes from being a corporate journalist at a large paper in the Midwest to the owner of The Green News-Item, a small twice-weekly newspaper in rural North Louisiana. The paper was an unexpected inheritance from a close colleague, and Lois must keep it for at least a year, bringing a host of challenges, lessons, and blessings into her life.

When Lois pulls into Green on New Year’s Day, she expects a charming little town full of smiling people. She quickly realizes her mistake. After settling into a loaned house out on Route 2, she finds herself battling town prejudices and inner doubts and making friends with the most surprising people: troubled teenager Katy, good-looking catfish farmer Chris, wise and feisty Aunt Helen, and a female African-American physician named Kevin.

Whether fighting a greedy, deceitful politician or rescuing a dog she fears, Lois notices the headlines in her life have definitely improved. She learns how to provide small-town news in a big-hearted way and realizes that life is full of newsworthy moments. When she encounters racial prejudice and financial corruption, Lois also discovers more about the goodness of real people and the importance of being part of a community.

While secretly preparing the paper for a sale, Lois begins to realize that God might indeed have a plan for her life and that perhaps the allure of city life and career ambition are not what she wants after all.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Presenting: The Red River Pulpwood Queen Authors!

With 8 books and counting under her belt, Winnie is a dedicated writer from NW Louisiana. She is an active member of the Romance Writer's of America and will be doing signings/readings with other area authors on June 12 at 2:00pm at Barnes & Noble on Youree Drive, Shreveport. Click on her name and book title to visit her website and learn more about her life and writing.

Judy lives in NW Louisiana and is a frequent speaker at workshops and retreats. She works with clients around the country on how to slow down and enjoy each day more and how to set and meet goals. The next book in her Gone to Green series, Goodness Gracious Green, will be released in August.

Connie is a writer, professional editor, website designer, and instructor living in NW Louisiana. She offers online courses for writers and is eager to help aspiring authors learn how to write, publish, and promote their works. She is a member of the Romance Writer's of America.

Author Event, Author Signing
Dr. Gary Joiner debuts his latest work, Lost Shreveport: Vanishing Scenes from the Red River Valley, just in time for Father's Day! Join us at noon on Saturday, June 19 for a signing of this book, still hot off the press.
Saturday June 19, 2010 12:00 PM
Barnes & Noble

Youree Dr.
Bayou Walk, 6646 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105, 318-798-6066

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Official Book Club Selections June-Dec 2010

JuneCutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Bonus – The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin GFW

JulyThe Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel
Bonus –
Man of the House by Ad Hudler GFW
In Pursuit of Other Interests: A Novel by Jim Kokoris
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker

AugustZeitoun by Dave Eggers
Bonus –
Not Between Brothers: An Epic Novel of Texas by David Marion Wilkinson
The Year Before the Flood by Ned Sublette
Yazoo Blues by John Pritchard

SeptemberThe Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees
Bonus –
Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins GFW

OctoberMajor Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Bonus -
My Name is Mary Sutter: A Novel by Robin Oliveira
A Separate Country by Robert Hicks

NovemberMy Orange Duffel Bag by Sam Bracken with Echo Garrett GFW
Bonus –
The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman
Walking in the Deep End by Susan Parker GFW
The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen

DecemberThe Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Bonus –
The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove:A Novel by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Burning Bright by Ron Rash

* GFW - authors that will be at the 2011 Girlfriend Weekend

One Place, Many Stories

Delta Blues
edited by Carolyn Haines

So many great contributing could this be bad?

A dollar donation for every book sold will be given to the Rock River Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping the arts and literacy in the Delta.

Contributing to the volume are Ace Atkins, Lynne Barrett, James Lee Burke, Suzann Ellingsworth, Beth Ann Fennelly, Bill Fitzhugh, Tom Franklin, John Grisham, Carolyn Haines, Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Hudson, Alice Jackson, Dean James, Toni L.P. Kelner, Michael Lister, Daniel Martine, Mary Saums, David Sheffield, Nathan Singer, and Les Standiford.

From the introduction by Morgan Freeman:This collection of short fiction captures both the art of the tale and the power of the blues, and is a nod at the human condition that often inspires musicians to write and sing the blues. These stories tell about bad men and bad women who sometimes do good—or sometimes follow their true nature. Some of these characters know all about the dangers of making a bargain with the devil. And some know the power of redemption. These are characters who would not be out of place in a Honeyboy Edwards tune, and would be right at home alongside the desolate wail of Clarksdale, Mississippi, native Son House. (from Square Books)