“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

A DRAGON of a book festival!
Monday, September 7, 2009

I just got back from The Decatur (suburban Atlanta) Book Festival, which has grown into the biggest indy reading festival in the country in just four years. It's easy to see why. This thing was so professionally organized it was as if Martha Stewart put it on. Take a look at this very cool banner that hung from the Dekalb County Courthouse:

Then, they had the blowup version of this dragon behind the courthouse. It was the talk of the authors and you can see why:

All I can say is: OUCH!

At any rate, I presented on a humor panel with Robert Hemley, author of "Do-Over." This guy wrote an entire book based on things he wanted to do over in life. He returned to kindergarten. He re-did eighth grade. He attended high-school prom again. Very dry, very dead-pan, and very funny. I can't wait to read the book.

My other panelist was the hilarious and beautiful Shellie Tomlinson, who brought the house down when she talked about not having any lips, and how hard that was for a southern diva. She is host of a website and radio show called "All Things Southern" and author of the recent "Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color on." Very, very fun gal. She even gave me one of her menopause fans because, evidently, I looked sweaty and hot in the ATL sun.

On another note, I still need those paragraphs I asked for last time. Please, people, I really need to hear from some of you. This is an exciting experiment in readers-helping-the-writer-write-a-book. Click here to find out what I'm talking about.


Anonymous drew said...

That's no dragon ... that's Godzilla. I think you and I need to watch some bad Japanese monster movies together. Do you know who/what Mothra is?

September 7, 2009 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

But why are the guywires tied to his NIPPLES?

September 7, 2009 at 10:47 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...

I was at the book festival too, promoting my book Adopting Alesia. I am SO sorry I couldn't make it over to hear you speak!

Decatur is a funky littl town and the dragon with pierced nipples?! Well, he didn't look out of place, if you ask me. [BTW, I live about 20 minutes from there...]


September 8, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

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