Had a GREAT time at the 2009 Decatur Book Festival. Daren Wang and company do an unbelievable job of welcoming writers and everyone else who loves books. I was on a panel with two friends and wonderful authors, Susan Rebecca White and Kathryn Stockett. Susan also put together an AMAZING dinner party for us in her home with her husband Alan Deutschman, whose new book Walk the Walk
just hit the shelves. Next I headed up to Fripp Island, SC for a few solitary writing days and time to watch ospreys and egrets. Then off to the NC Lit Festival in Chapel Hill for another great weekend, thanks to Amy Baldwin and Mary Beth Hollman. I swear that place only gets more and more beautiful. A few things I ate: fried okra, pork barbecue, creamed corn, homemade pimento cheese, shrimp and grits, peach cobbler, hushpuppies, country ribs, cheddar pecan waffles, and pound cake (a whopping wedge of which made it into my carry-on).