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Book Group Expo

Posted on: June 17, 2006

Just got back from a great day at the Book Group Expo. I went with one colleague from work and saw 3 of the librarians I know there (Hi Paul!) plus the head of the local Friends of the Library.

Here are the salons/authors I saw:

Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner)
Book Group Gatherings: A Loaf of Bread, A Jug of Wine, and a Tiara
Lauren Zina John (Running Book Discussions: A How to Do It Manual for Librarians)
Kathy Patrick (who owns a hair salon/bookstore and founded the Pulpwood Queens book club, where “tiaras are mandatory and reading good books is the rule.” I’ll definitely have to check out her upcoming book, “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life”
Leslie Sbrocco (host of KQED’s Check Please, Wine for Women)
The Lure of the Young Adult Novel – Reading Together
Melanie Gideon (Pucker)
Rosemary Graham (Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude (And Other Commandments I Have Broken)) (her blog)
Lisa Jensen (The Witch from the Sea — a girl pirate adventure!)
Kathleen Caldwell (from A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland)
Escape from Hollywood
Adrienne Barbeau (There Are Worse Things I Could Do)
Phil Doran (The Reluctant Tuscan)
Ron McLarty (The Memory of Running)
Ben Fong-Torres (Becoming Almost Famous)
Women of Mystery
Cara Black (Murder in Montmartre)
Cornelia Read (A Field of Darkness)
Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs)

I managed to only purchase 4 books to be signed:
Thous Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude
The Witch From the Sea
Good Grief by Lolly Winston (which I had listened to it the car last September and absolutely loved)
and Stiff by Mary Roach (which so many people have raved about I thought I’d finally give it a try)

Rosemary Graham and Lisa Jensen

The Escape From Hollywood panel

The Women of Mystery

The lobby was filled with a series of themed seating with some comfy chairs, books, and various props. This one seems to have been about fashion — we saw romance, mystery and some others scattered around. You could tell that one of the organizers was a theater guy — each panel had a “set” with sofas, rugs, fake fireplaces, etc.

Some of the other books/authors mentioned that I’ll have to check out when I get a chance:
Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons
Room on Lorelei Street
The Nobodies by N.E. Bode
Good Girls (this fall)
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green
Painted House
Susan Isaacs

1 Response to "Book Group Expo"

When I yahoo’d Book Group Expo, your blog came up Emily and I want to personally thank you for mentioning that you wanted to check out my book, “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life” when it is published this coming year from Hachette Book Group USA formerly known as Time/Warner Book Group.
As an incredibly large number of my book club members are teachers and librarians and as an extremely shy child growing up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, I think you will find my book an interesting story and a great resource for readers.
What a great weekend and I too was thrilled by the access we had to so many incredible authors and have been talking about the whole event for days. I have three book club festivals in the works and hope you will email me, so I can send them to you directly. I also wanted to let your know I thoroughly have enjoyed your blog site with photos and perhaps we will meet again in person next year. I am going back for sure, are you:
Tiara wearing and Book sharing,
Kathy L. Patrick
Founder of the NOW International Book Club, The PUlpwood Queens
P.S. You can check out my blog site too on The Marshall News Messenger website, as it is two parts. One just had to be on how I got there, what a trip from Texas! Happy READING and until we email again!

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