Five things I thought about during my morning run:

  1. Adoring these cool mornings. I can’t run outside in the heat…
  2. Book signing on Saturday at the  B& N in Charlottesville at 1! I love getting out and about meeting readers!
  3. Tough morning for all of us. Sometimes I wonder if three-day weekends are worth it!
  4. I love Morcheeba–especially  Run, Honey Run.
  5. Can’t get over DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES being selected as staff pick of the month at Kensington. Click this to find out more–but I am so honored!

On to the Virginia Festival of the Book

Here’s the info I sent out this morning to local papers about the Book Festival. I am really excited about this.

The Thirteeenth Annual Virginia Festival of the Book, March 21-25, 2007
—Organizers of the 13th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book (March 21-26, 2007) have announced that Mollie Cox Bryan, author of “Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley” (Ten Speed Press), is participating in a five-day celebration of literacy and literature produced annually in Charlottesville by the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities.
“I am honored to be asked to participate in the festival this year. I am sure Mrs. Rowe would have been proud so many people are so interested in her life, business, and food, “ says Bryan.
Bryan, a Waynesboro resident and family columnist for the Daily News Leader in Staunton, is an award-winning writer and poet. Her book has received national attention and reviews in magazines like Saveur and Country Living, along with newspapers and radio stations across the country.
Bryan will appear on a panel “Comfort Food” Specialty cookbooks, Saturday, March 24 at 4:00 at Barnes and Noble in Charlottesville. Other cookbook panelists will be Kendra Bailey Morris, “White Trash Gatherings,” Virginia Lee, “An Eyeful of Trifle, Britain’s Best Dessert,” and Lonette Parks (Sisler), “The Mason Jar Cookie Cookbook.”

Hope we get a big crowd!

Successful Booksigning for the Mrs. Rowe’s REstaurant Cookbook at Barnes and Noble

What an awesome day we had yesterday at the Harrisonburg B & N booksigning!
We sold and signed about 25 books, but they had sold about 10 that day before we arrived on the scene. What made this event so successful?
A number of factors came together in just the right way. The biggest thing was Annie, the community relations manager at the store. She wrote up press releases, followed up with the press, and arranged an incredible display in one of the front windows of the store. When we arrived, Mike with his cookies, and me with my postcards and flyers, we were happy to find a table in the front of the store with nice arrangements of our books all around.
A local adjunct professor from James Madison University had assigned his photojournalism students our event. Crowds of young photographers surrounded us, which made us feel pretty special AND helped to create a little more excitement about the book.
Let’s also not forget that Theresa Curry of the Daily News Leader wrote a lovely piece about the book on Wednesday. Of course, there was a mention of the upcoming booksigning.
After our signing, Mike went off to fry oysters at Ever’s Country Buffet and I went to another local restaurant with my family. I wish I had gone to Ever’s….

Barnes and Noble–Harrisonburg

Tomorrow, we’ll be at Barnes and Noble in Harrisonburg, Va., for a booksigning and cookie tasting. Several neighbors and friends have been to the bookstore this week and report that they have an incredible display at the store. There was a good article in the News Leader (Staunton) on Wednesday and I am hopeful that it will help bring in some crowds to purchase books.
I’ve been so sick all week and finally got to see a doctor this morning. We are not sure if I have a sinus infection or an allergy attack. So, he’s treating both and we’ll soon find out if I am allergic to my new puppy.
Last weekend, I was on quite a high after seeing a write up in Country Living’s Holiday issue about the Mrs. Rowe’s Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley. This weekend, my spirits are bouyed by the all of the possiblity tomorrow brings.
I’ll check in later.