Friday, July 10, 2009

Mississippi Book Launch 2009

I know you won't believe what I'm about to say is the truth but I am really a very reclusive person! I don't get out much, as I like staying at home. The only thing that gets me out of the house is books! This week I attended not one but two author book launches. Actually one,
Anne McKee's was launched in her hometown of Meridian two weeks ago and I'd made plans to go, but BROKE two toes a couple of days before and couldn't make it, so I wasn't about to miss this one. Main Street Books in Hattiesburg is my independent book store owned and operated by Diane and Jerry Shephard. Thank you guys for your hard work!

On Tuesday, my friend Carolyn Haines launched her 9th book in her Mississippi Delta Mystery series titled,


Set in the fictional Delta town of Zinnia, Mississippi, the series known as the Bones series, is a lighthearted and delightful cozy paranormal mystery excursion with one Sarah Booth Delaney.

Sarah is both a PI and a talented actress whose sidekick is a delightful and humorous antebellum ghost named Jitty.

Carolyn is a wonderful author and these books are really fun reads! Carolyn is also the author of several great literary works, Penumbra, Touched and Fever Moon are my favorites. If you feel you deserve a treat, treat yourself to the " Bones" series by Carolyn Haines.

Friends celebrate the Written Word !

This is Carolyn with Diane, owner of Main Street Books. Smile girls, your on Carol's camera!
Have you ever seen two prettier smiles?

Carolyn is a animal rescue advocate and here she tells of her latest canine addition.
"Lord help me, I've adopted another dog" she says.

Reading from Greedy Bones

Talking to one of her many fans about the book

If you don't think we still believe in Southern Belles in Mississippi....Meet JoAnn waiting in line to get her book signed.

JoAnn getting that left handed "john henry" of Carolyn's

Smile JoAnn and show me that book!

On Thursday, it was Anne McKee signing her book,
" Historic Photos of Mississippi ".
This is a beautiful coffee table book depicting our state.

Anne is a top notch ambassador for Mississippi and this book is a work of dedication and love!
The Civil War pictures are incredible! Seeing these photos really brings Mississippi History front and center for me. No one from Mississippi should be without this book!!!

Anne McKee is also a wonderful storyteller and she also does a fantastic reenactment of Eudora Welty reading " Why I Live At The PO". She is also a playwright including a great play based on the life of Mississippi native Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets.
Here she reads from her new book about her love for Mississippi.

Sign those books Annie B.......
At her launch in Meridian, she sold out of all the books her publisher had sent, sent Hubby home for 15 more and sold them! Congratulations Annie on a wonderful book!


MISSY said...

My two favorites by Carolyn Haines are Summer Of The Redeemers and Touched. I would have loved to have met her! Great pictures!

JStantonChandler said...

What wonderful fun! You know, I've started to buy the first book in the "Bones" series several times and just never do! Now I KNOW what my next series of choice shall be :)

I used to work in an old bookstore and this brought back lovely memories. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

NCmountainwoman said...

Hooray for local booksellers. They are so important.

Lady Katherine said...

I loved meeting the author and Southern Belle, at this lovely book store with your introduction! Thank you I enjoyed it so much!

NitWit1 said...

Thanks, Carol. I have a half-sister who loves serial books.

My amateurish book review of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia is posted today on my blog.

I e-mailed Patricia, too.

Shrinky said...

The wide smiles all round is testimony to what a wonderful day you had. Beautiful!

skywind said...

Oh, you are the human who loves the book.
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Medora said...

I hear you - books are it! The local bookstores are real gems and we need to keep them busy and open. Thanks for the great pics!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I'll have to check those out...I haven't read any paranormal mysteries.

The event sounds like fun! Great pictures.

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Reader Wil said...

Oh Carol you meet such interesting people! Bookshops are also a treat for me. I usually leave them after buying a couple of books. I shall try to find the Bones books.
How are the babies doing? Next week I won't be able to blog, for I'll take a break for a couple of days. But I'll return...

Vicki Lane said...

Hoorah for readers and writers and an extra big hoorah for independent booksellers and all who support them!

Dirt Princess said...

I miss Hattiesburg so much! I need to make a trip over there one Saturday! There is a GREAT antique store downtown in an old school (I guess it is still there). I would love go rummage through it

Arkansas Patti said...

Thanks for the turn on to Carolyn Haines. Sounds like my type of writer. I checked my library and while we have a whole "Bones" series,we don't have Greedy Bones yet.
Yeah, I know, we are supposed to "buy" the books but the amount I read would bankrupt me in no time. I will ask my librarian to get the new one. Best I can do.
I have read all of Greg Iles.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Such great events, these booksignings! Glad you got out to attend.

Carolyn said...

What a pleasure to meet you, Carol. And those photos prove I still have ALL my teeth. (Don't believe those lies my brother tells about me.) It was a fun evening. Diane and Jerry always do such a good job with the homemade food and lemonade. And the folks who frequent the bookstore are so much fun. I have deep roots to Hattiesburg, and it's always good to go back there.

Thanks for posting these--and thanks for your good humor and support.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Sounds like this was a great booksigning. Thanks for sharing these authors with us.
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Carolyn said...

If I ever get published I will be sure to invite you! What fun.

crochet lady said...

I will have to check and see if I can get a copy of one of Carolyn's books. I like to read a good mystery once in a while, and I have never read any of hers.

Thanks for sharing your love of books and the friends you've met on that journey.


Elizabeth Bradley said...

Looks like you had quite a time. How lovely. I too am somewhat reclusive, more so now than in the past. I guess it's just good to be home.

Glynis said...

I have not heard of the Bones series, so will look out for them. Looks as if you had good fun.

Janet, said...

It sounds like it is a good book. It's also fun meeting the authors that write the books.

Renie Burghardt said...

Oh, my, you did it again, Carol, giving us another delightful report. The Mississippi Book Launch 2009 looks like it was great fun. And the books look wonderful. I am tempted to get "Greedy Bones." Sounds like a fun book.

I enjoyed this post, as always. Have a great weekend, you home body, you!



Annie McKee said...

Hey Carol -- wonderful to meet you yesterday, and yes, you are kindly forgiven for missing my book launch at the beautiful arts center in Meridian (MSU/Riley Center) -- I mean anyone with broken toes can be excused from almost anything! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the outstanding post on my book "Historic Photos of Mississippi."The publication has taken a life of its own and I'm hanging on for dear life, but what a way to go. Yes, I will ride this train as long as I can hold on (a nice southern expression) to it, but never forget that I am a woman driver and proud of it!
I so enjoyed our 3 hour long telephone conversation this morning. I never thought I could find a person (seemly sane person as yourself) who is so close to the tellings of my mind. It's a little scary, but tons of fun!

Isabel said...

Hey, for a good book I can be dragged out of the house ANYTIME! Sounds like this book signing was a lot of fun. Sorry about your toes. Ouch! Hope you're feeling better.

Elenka said...

ha ha for a recluse, you sure get around !!!
Hope your toes are better.

Anonymous said...

Oh, you Mississippi ladies do know how to have a good time!

lakeviewer said...

I'm not familiar with these authors, but will look them up. Thanks for introducing them to us.

Rachel said...

What an inspirational time that must have been.

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I can now comment here just like you regular folks since that gal who helps me out, Sherry Austin, has showed me how to look up this site using another browser besides internet explorer, which was the one that didn't want to let me connect, dam*it! So here I am. I know you're all overcome with gratitude and joy.