One of my favorite authors is Nevada Barr, author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series. I recently browsed author websites just to see who might be on a book tour. Nevada has a new book out now, The Rope, and it's the prequel to the Anna Pigeon series. I discovered that she was going to be in Mississippi today and decided to go to her signing at TurnRow Books in Greenwood. It's about a two hour drive from me. We had a beautiful day here, weather in the fifties and sunshine. My friend Shari went along, which always makes the trip an adventure and lots of laughs.
I went only with the expectation of having lunch, hearing Nevada Barr speak and getting a signed copy of The Rope. What I got was so much more. I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with Nevada and her husband (and their two adorable dogs). It's always a thrill to meet someone you deeply admire. It's even better when that person is so approachable and puts you at ease. We had a lovely conversation over lunch and Nevada spoke on her journey as a writer and the new book. I'm eager to get into The Rope because it's a prequel to the Anna Pigeon series--how it all started.
Here's proof of my day and if you doubt my smile is genuine, well that's your problem.
If you've never read a Nevada Barr book (gasp), get thee to a bookstore. You've got a lot of catching up to do.