I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers for creating this supportive community.
Today marks the start of my fourth year of participation in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. I went back and forth about joining in this year, mostly because of mid-March travel plans, but then there were those encouraging posts from fellow slicers, a reminder that my OLW (momentum) says I should, and, well…here I am. Looking forward to reading about and learning about all of you!
The bells announced my entrance into the Newtown Bookshop on Monday evening. It was my first time in this book store (but won’t be my last), and my first book launch event (but not for my book). The balloons on the table confirmed that I was probably in the right place. If that weren’t enough, the cake, decorated with the cover image of Brave Clara Barton by Frank Murphy, nailed it.
I’m never quite sure about traffic, so I was one of the first to arrive. That gave me plenty of time to browse, pick up a few new titles, and chat with Frank. In a short time many people had gathered – fellow authors and would-be authors, family, friends, colleagues, and most of all, many of Frank’s students and former students. There were plenty of hugs and congratulations and introductions as everyone gathered to hear the story behind the story.
Frank spoke passionately about the research he conducted and his opportunities to “touch” history, both literally and figuratively. All eyes were on him as he read the book aloud, capturing the minds and imaginations of the audience. It was clear from the very beginning of the evening that although Frank is a colleague, friend, husband, father, and author, he is most definitely a teacher.
As he was wrapping up the presentation, Frank shared the books of other authors from the area, many of whom were part of the audience. The whole experience was truly a celebration of books and authors! What better way to spend a Monday evening?