What a grand few days I've just spent with the aforementioned tour! Donna Andrews, Meredith Cole, Rosemary Harris, and Elaine Viets agreed to honor me with a visit to North Carolina. We had panels and signings at eigiht—count 'em, eightgreat venues: McIntyre's, Flyleaf Books, and The Regulator Bookstore on Saturday; The Halle Center in Apex on Sunday; the Jamestown Public Library and the Page-Walker Hotel (co-sponsored by the Cary Library) on Monday; and the Country Bookshop and Quail Ridge Books on Tuesday.
Donna, Meredith, and Elaine chat with a fan at the Halle Center while other fans chat with Rosemary.
Not only did Karen Kiley (and her wonderful patrons) give door prizes at the Page-Walker, they sent a great "sunflower" loaf of bread, peanut butter, and jelly home with us for our Tuesday morning breakfast! That's Doreen Wheaton with Rosesmary.
We were invited for Sunday evening supper at Margaret and Joe Maron's. What an evening that was! Joining our crew were area writers Sarah Shaber, Bren Bonner, Katy Munger, Alexandra Sokoloff, and Diane Chamberlain. The outstanding company was highlighted beautifully by the imminently Carolina supper—shrimp and grits. Margaret's recipe was well worth our falling off the diet wagon! The local writers brought an incredibly tempting selection of desserts.
Bren shared these photos of the group.
I can't imagine a better way to spend a weekend! Can you?