The first event for the Books Alive in Panama City began at 7:30 a.m. Friday when I met with Bay High. My escort for the morning was sweet Jamie.
I don’t have a clue what I said but I know it had to do with writing and the writer’s life. I meant to tell them that it was appropriate that the luncheon was a brown bag lunch, given that’s the kind most writers can afford.
Following the Florida State event, I joined the Pulpwood Queen Kathy Patrick and girlfriend Kathie Bennett for a visit. Kathie Patrick heads up one of the largest book clubs in the country. There is a big campaign underway to get Oprah to bring Kathy onto OWN. She is unrivaled in her championing of books and authors, often selecting books that go on to become national bestsellers. After the Flag has been Folded is one of Kathy’s book club selections. And totally unexpected for me was this wonderful review of that same book that came out yesterday!
Also at the luncheon was Robert Leleux, whose book, The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy I’m now reading. A Texan, Robert has taken over the columnist spot previously held by the beloved Molly Ivins. Robert’s book is achingly funny. Its tone reminds me ever so much of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Did you see that movie?