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My Nomination for Book Club of the Month
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I talk to a lot of book clubs, both in person and via Skype. It's a great way to connect with readers -- and I'm always fascinated by their insights into my characters. Since the protagonist of two of my novels, Househusband Linc Menner, is autobiographical in nature, oftentimes the feedback I get from book clubs feels like therapy ... like I'm being deconstructed on a shrink's couch.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting two book clubs in Bowling Green, KY. These ladies know how to treat a visiting author! They put me up for free in a Hilton Garden Inn for the night, which meant we could drink and talk long into the evening. They bought me a great bottle of bourbon. They fed me wonderful food. Their questions were insightful and, at times, challenging.

Sometimes book clubs have names. This one was called BIBLE, an acronym for Bitches Intoxicated By Literature, Etc. They meet on Wednesday nights, which is commonly a church night. Hence, the name.

My new friend Kristie picked me up at my hotel in her husband's car. The second I saw it I stopped and thought, "Oh, God. No effing way!"

Indeed, it was a tight fit. It took me awhile to get out of the thing, but I managed ... knowing that a good bottle of bourbon was waiting for me inside.

Thank you, ladies, for a great evening of books, food and discussion.


5 Comments:

Blogger c.a. Marks said...

Will have to add your books to our book club selections. Would love to meet you and have you participate in our book club, even if it is via Skype. Is the bourbon a requirement?

July 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

I can provide my own bourbon! I do it all the time. I sit in my rocking chair with my glass in hand and computer on my lap...and the ladies are drinking their wine or whatever in Seattle or Poughkeepsie...and we have a grand old time!

July 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
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