Thursday, May 29, 2008

May Meeting & Contest Details

What a meeting!

Great Friends! Scrumptious Food! Lively Discussion! Plus a Call-In from the author of our book selection, Margaret Cezair-Thompson!!!!

Thank you Honored Queens!

For those who were unable to make the meeting, we missed you and hope you will be able to make our next meeting.


Next meeting will be June 25 at Allison White's house in Sulphur. Food Committee: Lea Durio, Allison White, Marsha Williams and Courtney Huck.

The book selection will be Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West. Reading Guide attached. Allison has invited Tammeka head of the Literacy Council of SW LA to come to our meeting to discuss volunteer opportunities for promoting literacy that are already in place or new ones that she's been waiting for volunteers to help implement.

The group decided to support Literacy by helping our Pulpwood Queen Laurie Cormier bring reading supplies to Nicaragua on her mission trip in July. She will be sending us a list of needed items that we can contribute and bring to our June meeting. Laurie we're behind you!!

Also we will be releasing books into wild next meeting so bring one or more you wish to release!

AND Kathy Patrick has 2 contests running for Girlfriends Weekend, the 3rd weekend in January.

CONTEST for INDIVIDUALS: One free ticket will be drawn from the names of those who give a book review of Kathy's book at or (max 2 entries).


Enter your book club name, story of how your book club got started, what you are reading, contact information, and what you are doing to promote literacy!

One book club will win FREE Pulpwood Queen Packages for ALL Book Club Members to our Annual Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend 2009, held always the third weekend in January here in East Texas! Please e-mail me all that information at for your chance to win. Contest runs until December 15, 2008. The Book Club Winner will be announced online at and by phone or email.

Registration for Girlfriends Weekend is $150 if paid by August 31. Thereafter it goes up $50 per month until it reaches $350 in January.

More Later

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tonight's Meeting

Grreat News!

I just heard from both Kathy Patrick and Margaret Cezair-Thompson!!
They are planning to call in to our meeting tonight and share about how they came to write their books with us.

What would you like to ask them? Do you have dreams of becoming an author also? How did they start writing? How do they approach Literacy Promotions? Is Jamaica really a romance island? Is it safe to go there now? What's the next book they will write?

Who's going to Girlfriends Weekend??

Lots to think about and I am so looking forward to seeing you tonight!!

Happy Reading

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Update to Windows Live Event "Southwest Louisiana Pulpwood Queens Book Club Meeting"

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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Reminder for Meeting and Reading Guide

Reminder: Bring a book for our Pirate's Chest (for Pirate's Daughter) to release into the wild (for Mermaids in the Basement) in June!!!

Re posting the Reading Guide:

May 2008 Book Selection: The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
Discussion Questions:
1. Is this the story of a pirate’s daughter? Why or why not? Is there more thanone pirate in the novel?

2. How does Cezair-Thompson use the concept of pirates to tell the largerpolitical story of Jamaica’s path to independence? What does this book sayabout Colonialism?

3. Is this a novel about race? Is it a novel about class?

4. Passions run deep in this novel, both love and hate. Do you consider this alove story? Is it a love story between couples, or a love song for Jamaica, orboth? What various kinds of love fuel the plot? What kinds of hatred drive thenarrative?

5. Strong mothers abound in this book, even the mothers we read about only inpassing who leave Jamaica for New York to earn a living for their children. Doyou think Ida is a good mother? Do you think that is a fair question, given thechallenges she faced? How important are fathers, and father figures?

6. Maps play a significant role in this novel. The greatest mysteries, though, arefinding ways to understand hearts and histories. What guides May in her journeytoward self-discovery? How does Nigel find peace?

7. How does the story of Errol Flynn and Hollywood add to the novel?

8. How do the interplay of fact and fiction enliven the story?

9. Place is critical in this novel. How does Cezair-Thompson use differentsettings to advance her tale?

10. What notions of beauty shape this story?

11. Much of the novel is about seduction, but not always the literal kind. Whatseduces different characters, and why?

12. Movies are important to the story, but in the end May is most influenced bywords and books. Why does she seem more interested in one form of mediaover the other?

13. How important to the novel is the theme of forgiveness?

14. Is Jamaica a character in this novel?

Book Club Selections

Here's Kathy's list so far of books for 2008

2008 Official Pulpwood Queen Book Club Selections (so far)!

January 2008The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life by Kathy L. Patrick, Grand Central Publishing

Bonus BookThe Stylist: A Novel (P.S.) by Cai Emmons, Harper PerennialFrom the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By by Robin Roberts, Hyperion

Splinters (our teen version of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionRowdy in Paris by Tim Sadlin, Riverhead Hardcover
Pinecones (our pre-teen version of The Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionThe Curse of Catunkhamun by Tim Raglin, TR Books

February 2008
Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunee, Grand Central Publishing

Bonus BooksThe Sweet Life by Lynn York, Plume
The Big Beautiful by Pamela Duncan

Splinters (our teen version of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionPinecones (our pre-teen version of The Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Shermie Alexie, Little Brown Young Readers

March 2008
The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson, UnBridled Books

Bonus Books
God Said Yes by Heather Hornback Bland,
BerkleyThe Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs, Simon & Schuster

Splinters (our teen version of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection)Pinecones (our pre-teen version of The Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, HarperCollins

April 2008
Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West, Harper

Bonus Books
One Fell Swoop by Virginia Boyd,
Thomas NelsonAll the Numbers by Judy Larson, Ballentine Books

Splinters (our teen version of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection)Pinecones (our pre-teen version of The Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionMy Mother The Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow, Harper TeenFrom Emporia: The Story of William Allen White by Beverley Olsen Buller,

May 2008
A Model Summer by Paulina Porizkova, Hyperion

Bonus Book
the memoirs of a beautiful boy by robert leleux, St. Martins Press
Women of Magdalene by Rosemary Poole-Carter, Kunati Inc.

Splinters (our teen version of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection)Pinecones (our pre-teen version of The Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionRemember As You Pass Me By by L. King Perez, MilkweedJim Limber Davis: Black Orphan in the Confederate White House by Rickey Pittman, Pelican Publishing Company

June 2008
The Schooling of Claybird Catts by Janis Owens, Harper Paperbacks

Bonus BookMy Brother Michael by Janis Owens, Pineapple Press
Myra Sims by Janis Owens, Pineapple Press

Splinters (our teen version of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionThe Chicken Dance by Jacques Covillon, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Pinecones (our pre-teen version of The Pulpwood Queens Book Club) SelectionSoul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton, Pocket Books

July 2008
The UnLikely Lavender Queen by Jeannie Ralston, Random House

Bonus Book
Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World’s Most Coveted Handbag by Michael Tonello, William Morrow

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Next Meeting

Well I've finished reading Pirate's Daughter and have been reviewing the Reading Guide questions. How about you? I think the selections are going to stretch each of us in different ways! I found this book to appeal to my love of water and the tropical isles. I'm looking forward to our discussions.

Remember the next meeting will be May 27th at Beverly Martin's home. I hear the food committee is dreaming up some fun things.

Your pictures turned out great!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Just Reading

Well I finished reading Mermaids in the Basement. I'm eager to hear what everyone else has to say about the book --- in June. I'm just a month off but I had this book first. It's not a book I would have chosen and it stretched me to read it. However, I had an email from Barbara Granger who also finished the book and loved it! Didn't want it to end.

Then I started the Pirate's Daughter, which is more of my type of book. The beautiful descriptions of the waters of Jamiaca just speak to my soul. Guess I'm just a water baby!

I'm going to New Orleans for a few days to help out my son. I emailed his realtor's listing for his house. Keep it in mind if you hear of someone moving.

Happy Reading
Queen Kay

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Web Site for Margaret Cezair Thompson

This is another website for the author of Pirates Daughter.
I love the Jamaican music by Dennis Brown that she has on this site.  I've never heard of him but obviously he's been around for awhile. Does anyone have a CD?  It would be fun to listen to it at our next meeting.  

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Message from Kathy Patrick

Kathy sent this notice to all about her contest for VIP registration at Girlfriends Weekend, the 3rd weekend in January.  You might want to enter by review her book at either amazon or barnes and noble.  I did and hope to win!
Also she discounts the registration for early registrants.  Anyone sending money in by August 31 the registration fee is only $150.  After that is increases by $50 a month, till at the door price is $350.  I would love to go, if you are interested let me know so we can begin saving our dollars and locating a place to stay together.  I hope my two sisters from Arkansas can come also, I'd love for all of you to meet.
BTW, Beverly Martin's bday is July 29, the same as my sister, Beverly Hill. 
Kathy's message:
I'm so happy your first meeting was such a coo!
Also for everyone who reviews my book on   or , I am entering their name into a drawing for a Free Complimentary Pass to Girlfriend Weekend.   Right now until September 1, 2008 we have a Early Bird Special for $150 for all events for Pulpwood Queens.  It's $100 higher if not a member.  The drawing will be Sept 1, 2008 and if already prepaid, you will get a full refund. The event goes up $50 each month so if you wait to pay at door
it's $350.  The event is held the third weekend in January and will be in Jefferson and Marshall, Texas!  This is the biggie and I bring in around 50 authors, speakers, musical artists and celebs!  You girls don't want to miss this!
More soon and be sure and check .  Our new webcam is being tested so tell all your members.
You all the best!
Tiara wearing and Book Sharing,
Kathy L. Patrick
Founder of the Pulpwood Queens

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Girlfriends Weekend Contest

Kathy is sponsoring a constest for a free VIP Pass for Girlfriends Weekend and discounts for early registration. It will be the 3rd weekend in January. Many of you have talked about going and I hope we can. Perhaps we can do somekind of fund raiser to help with our expenses??? Give it some thought - bake sale, garage sale, raffle??

See her post below:

By now you probably have all had time to read my book, "The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life", Grand Central Publishing. Review my book on or or both and you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE complimentary V.I.P pass to my annual Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend held the third weekend in January here in East Texas, (be sure and send me your name and review to verify). At the door the ticket is valued at $350.00 for members, $450.00 for non members. More on that weekend this summer but this is a deal of a lifetime! September 1, 2008 will be the drawing for that contest and the winner will be announced!

Also we have an Early Bird Special as always for our Girlfriend Weekend. If you pay right now and no later than August 31, 2008, you may purchase at V.I.P. Pass to Girlfriend Weekend for $150 but you must be a Pulpwood Queen. As of September 1, 2008, the price will go up $50 a month until January 1, 2009 for Pulpwood Queen members ONLY. Non- members it is a $100 higher. If you win the contest above, your $150 will be refunded. For more on Girlfriend Weekend, go to or email me and I'll send you what we did last year!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Meet The Author - Margaret Cezair Thompson

Click on the link to view a brief video of author Margaret Cezair Thompson talking about her book, The Pirate's Daughter. Based loosely on fact and mainly on fiction, I hope you will enjoy reading this fantasy tale about Erroll Flynn.

Queen Kay