I had the privilege to celebrate this recent National Library Week with a visit to the Union County Library in New Albany, Mississippi. The guest of Luncheon with Books president Anita Buster and former president, my Aunt Marjorie Livingston, I spoke to an enthusiastic group at the monthly book club about my four novels, including a reading from the newest thriller, “Wiggle Room.” A probing question and answer session followed, as well as a book signing, and I enjoyed all of it. Aunt Marjorie warmly introduced me to the enthusiastic group, supplementing my bio with a few tales from my childhood visits to New Albany. My mother (her sister, Evelyn North) made the trip with me, and my cousins Nancy, Steve, and Patsy were in the audience as well. We had a great visit and lunch downtown, and I appreciate the hospitality and invitation.
The day trip home to Jackson included a visit to the Drew (MS) Library Book Club at the invitation of Diane Shurden. Likewise, I was grateful to be included in the activities of another group of writing buffs, this time in my native Mississippi Delta. The interest shown in reading by the questions posed and in the numbers in attendance at both the Drew and New Albany book clubs was impressive. Support for libraries is a healthy thing.
For me, speaking at book clubs and at other related events is one of the enjoyable and rewarding aspects of writing and publishing, and I would like to do more.