I know, I know, the holidays creep up on us earlier every year, and I sorta resent the intrusion. I mean, it’s still in the 80s here in Atlanta. But the calendar doesn’t lie. It’s nearly mid-October. The stores are full of Halloween candy and costumes, and just lurking on the loading dock of every retail outlet in America are all those cases and cartons of Christmas merchandise. The thing is, if you have a Christmas book, which I do, you get asked to do book signings in advance of the holidays.
So, in the spirit of cooperation, and let’s face it, writers have to sell books, or they don’t get asked to write any more books, plus, it’s a total buzz-kill for a writer to show up at a signing WITH NO CUSTOMERS (trust me, it’s happened to me, more than once). I thought I’d give you my upcoming event schedule for BLUE CHRISTMAS. I hope some of you will come. Or a lot of you. Yeah, a lot would be good. That way I can get in the Christmas spirit my ownself. And besides, one of the good things about holiday book signings is, they’re usually good for some free snacks, maybe some wine or that awesome Hawaiian Punch/Ginger Ale/goony green sherbert punch–which I actually like, because it reminds me of my Girl Scout days. But don’t be looking for fruitcake. I think it’s in my contract. No fruitcake at MKA book signings. Cookies, fudge, pound cake, cheese straws, those Bisquick-sausage thingies, yes. Fruitcake no. Do come. Bring some friends. Maybe I’ll bring some leftover Halloween candy. As if.
Tues. Oct. 26, 6:30pm
The Book Exchange, Marietta, Ga.
2956 Canton Rd.
Holiday signing with Patti Callahan Henry.
RSVP, plus $5 donation and children’s book for charity donation.
Fri. Nov. 5, 7:45pm
Southern Lady Celebration
Grand Hyatt, Atlanta
Dinner Speech and book signing
Southern Lady Celebration website.
Mon. Nov. 8, 2pm.
Weymouth Center for the Arts
Southern Pines, N.C.
Booksales by The Country Bookshop
Tues. Nov. 16, 7p.m.
Holiday book signing with Patti Callahan Henry
105 E. Main St. #138
Woodstock, GA. 30188
Weds. Dec. 8
Hilton Head Island, SC
Holiday luncheon & book signing
Sea Pines Conference Center/Harbour Inn
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