“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Report from Jefferson, Texas
Friday, January 15, 2010

I'm at the Beauty and the Book (world's only hair salon/book store) Girlfriend Weekend. I and two other male authors were invited to join the all-female cast, and I am already having a hoot: Time to dish about last night's dinner, in which authors worked as waiters at a banquet of book lovers:

Mary Kay Andrews writes great books, but boy oh boy is she clumsy with a tray of dishes. Keep that girl out of the kitchen.

Pat Conroy is one of the nicest uber-successful writers I've met. Last night he spent a good half hour writing personal checks and buying the books of first-time authors whom he wanted to encourage.

Patti Callahan Henry is just PLAIN TROUBLE! She got me in a mess during the banquet because she was laughing too loud. (The reader-diners stared us down in a big way). Perhaps they were miffed because we'd helped ourselves to the wine bottle on their table. Seriously, Patti is charming, and if you haven't read any of her NYTimes-bestselling books, you're missing out.

That's all for now. I'll report next time on the Barbie and Ken fashion show...tonight...at the Jefferson, Texas Convention Center.


Blogger Kelly said...

Ad - you are right Mary Kay Andrews writes great books & she is extremely nice to boot!

I met her at a library conference in Birmingham, AL a couple of years ago!

January 18, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey...if it was at Southern Voices in Hoover, I think you met her last year. And I'm gonna be there this year, so come on down!

January 18, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
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