Wednesday, December 29, 2010

January Meeting

Stellar Beans is the deal of the day at Bargain Bee.  $15 worth of food and drinks for $7.  We can use it for our January meeting.   Thanks to Beverly Martin for letting us know about this Bargain Bee!

Reminder our meeting will be January 26th, at 5:30 pm at Stellar Beans.  If you did not turn in your food order at our Christmas Party you need to contact Lea Durio.

Our book selection is The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin.  I just finished it and loved it.  Hope you do also.

Great news on our Amazon click thru.  have surpassed last year's commission already!

Kay Huck

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Strong Person

Queens you have blessed my life with light and joy this year.  Thank you!
 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 5: 16
A strong person knows how to keep their life in order. Even with
 tears in their eyes, they still manage to say "I'm ok" with a smile.
 Send this to a strong person. I just did. God is good. Change is
 God saw your sadness and said hard times are over.  Be honest and send this to anyone who made you smile this year.

Thanks for making me  smile.

Live, Laugh, Love!!!

Favor for me

Friends I am asking if you would click on this site listed below.  A friend in New Orleans is producing this show and is hoping for it to be picked up as a series.  They need to show interest through number of clicks on the website.  I am excited about viewing the show when the pilot airs Dec 17th!   Thanks bunches!

Please do me a big favor and visit this website to help generate interest for this show we produced.

It's a pilot that will be airing on CMT on Dec. 17th at 8:30pm EST. If it does well then it will get picked up as a series. The network is gauging interest by how many people visit the website, watch the show and DVR the show.  So help a sista out and visit the website, watch the show and DVR it!

THANKS!!!!  Rachel

Interesting Book Stuff

Hello Queens,
I just saw that Pat Conroy had an interview with NPR recently.  Here is the link to read or listen.
Conroys Reading Life: A Search For Safe Harbors
Also, the website I mentioned at the party last night is called Library Thing.
My user name is "greener" if you join and want to be friends.  I just started using it after my cousin introduced me, but I like it alot.  I've been using it to keep track of and rate the books I have read recently.  It may even be possible to copy my library so you don't have to create your own entries for book-club books we have read.  Oh, and lots of authors are members and have pages, they also sometimes even host online discussions.  Pretty cool!
Happy reading!!!  and Merry Christmas :)
Erin Green

Joseph Marshall finalist in Books for a Better Life

Hi Queens!

Connie sent us this message about Joe's book being selected for a finalist in the spiritual category for Books for a Better Life sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of NY.  I have his latest book on my To Be Read List!  Here's the link to the website that lists all of the books selected:

Hope to see you tomorrow evening at the Christmas party

Hello Ladies,
Wanted to share with you some very good news....
To You We Shall Return is a finalist in the spiritual category for
Books For A Better Life  New York City  The Multiple Sclerosis Society
Award ceremony March 7 New York
The Lakota Way was a finalist in 2002 in the same category!

Possible 2011 Book Choices

These might be some of the 2011 official PQ book club selections since they are the authors that will be attending GFW.    Perhaps we might want to choose one for Jan
Keynote Author and Speaker, MARK CHILDRESS of Georgia Bottoms!
MARCIA FINE of Stressed in Scottsdale
JeNNY GARDINER of Slim to None
CAROLYN HAINES of Bone Appetit and Delta Blues
TODD JOHNSON of Sweet By and By
TONY SIMMONS of Dazed and Raving in the Undercurrents
HELEN SIMONSON of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
JUDY CHRISTIE of Goodness Gracious Green
DEEANNE GIST of Maid to Match
DENISE HILDRETH JONES of Hurricane in Paradise
SAM MCLEOD of Big Appetite: My Southern Fried Search for the Meaning of Life
JANIS OWENS of The Cracker Kitchen
LISA WINGATE of Beyond Summer
Keynote Speaker, Author, and Pulitzer Prize Winner RICK BRAGG of The Most They Ever Had!
MELISSA CONROY of Poppy's Pants
AD HUDLER of Man of the House
MARK E. GREEN, MD of A Night with Saddam
CHARLES MARTIN of The Mountain Between Us
NEIL WHITE of The Sanctuary of Outcasts
DAVID MARION WILKINSON of Not Between Brothers
Author, Actor, Singer, Songwriter, MARSHALL CHAPMAN will speak of her book They Came to Nashville and perform of her latest CD, Big Lonesome!
Keynote Speaker and Special Author Guest, FANNIE FLAGG of I Still Dream About You!
CATHIE BECK of Cheap Cabernet
JAMIE FORD of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
RIVER JORDAN of The Miracle of Mercy Land: A Novel
NICOLE SEITZ of The Inheritance of Beauty
SUSAN PARKER of Walking in the Deep End: A Memoir
ALLEN WHITLEY of Where Southern Cross the Dog

KATHRYN CASEY of The Killing Storm (Sarah Armstrong Texas Rangers Series
KIT FRAZIER of Morgue File: A Cauley MacKinnon Novel
MARK E. GREEN, MD of My Night with Saddam
KATHLEEN KASKA of Murder at the Luther
MICHAEL LISTER of Thunder Beach and The Body and the Blood

M.L. MALCOLM of Silent Lies
New York Times's Bestseller, Publishers Weekly Bestseller, and Southern Independent Bestseller PAT CONROY of My Reading Life and his best friend and author, BERNIE SCHEIN of If Holden Caulfield Were in my Classroom: Inspiring Love, Creativity, and Intelligence in Middle School Kids!

SAM BRACKEN and ECHO GARRETT of My Orange Duffel Bag
MICHAEL MORRIS of King of Florabama
JENNIE HELDERMAN of as the sycamore grows
SONNY BREWER of Don't Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit

JOSEPH MARSHALL III of To You I Shall Return
AMY BOURRET of Mothers and Other Liars
JEANINE CUMMINS of The Outside Boy
KARL LENKER of For Dear Life
KAREN ESSEX of Dracula in Love
CAROLYN TURGEON of Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale
KAREN WHITE of On Folly's Beach
PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY of The Perfect Love Song

DAVID VALDES GREENWOOD of The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara At A Time
OLIVIA DeBELLE BYRD of Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle

SHELLIE RUSHING TOMLINSON of Suck in Your Stomach and Put Some Color On: What Southern Mamas Tell Their Southern Daughters That The Rest of Y'all Should Know Too

Special Guest and Author, SUSAN VREELAND of Clara and Mr. Tiffany will be featured at the Ball. 
DR. MARK E. GREEN will be our Special Guest Speaker on his book, A Night with Saddam as Mark was assigned to be with Saddam Hussein on the night he was captured.
 Kerry Madden of Harper Lee UpClose
Author and Independent Film and Television Writer/Producer, MARY MCDONAGH MURPHY of the book, Scott, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird and premiering her film Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Joseph Marshall III - "We Have Seen His Courage"

Oh my did we learn a bunch about Native American culture, specifically the Lakota's through Joseph Marshall's book The Lakota Way.  And then when we visited him via SKYPE at our meeting we appreciated their culture even more.  Our discussion revolved around the necessity of maintaining the Lakota culture and language.  Marshall is working on a project to record audio books in his native Lakota language.  A massive undertaking but after reading his books, it will enrich our world community to preserve this heritage.

We encourage other book clubs or individuals to read his books.  He  even has one on Keep Going: The Art of Perserverance that is dedicated to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.  We'd love to have him come to our area for a visit.  Perhaps he will.  I know he will be glad to SKYPE with other clubs, just contact him through his website.  Joseph Marshall III  Many thanks for sharing of your life with us Joe, and We too have seen Your courage in dedicating your life to being a caretaker of the spiritual life of the Lakotas.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Time to Vote for PQ Book of the Year in 3 Categories

Hi Queens!

It's time to vote for PQ Book of the Year, PQ Bonus Book of the Year and PQ Children's (includes Pinecones and Splinters selections) Book of the Year   Please email me your 3 choices or give them to me tomorrow night at our meeting.  When you go over the list, remember we need to choose a book for January.  The official selection will be Pat Conroy's My Reading Life 

Below are all the official selections for the year 2010:  Choose One Red - Book of the Year, One Blue - Bonus Book of the Year and One Green - children's Book fo the year:  The ones we have read I have underlined.  ML's book and Lake of Dead Languages aren't listed because they were GFW giveaways  Winging It and South of Broad were from the official 2009 selections.

January – The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Well 
Bonus - Home Safe by Elizabeth Ber

What Difference Do It Make? By Ron Hall, Denver Moore, & Lynn Vincent

Splinters – The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander Pinecones – Poppy's Pants by Melissa Conroy 

February – The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Town that Raised Them 
Bonus - Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz 
Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen 
Splinters - The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler 
Pinecones: Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

March – The Lakota Way by Joseph Marshall III

Bonus – Do-Over by Robin Hemley 
Splinters: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Pinecones: The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo 
April – The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver 
Bonus - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kampkamba with Bryan Mealor 
Splinters – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
Pinecones: The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass 

May – Spoon: A Novel by Robert Greer 
Bonus – Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls 
Splinters – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvader 
Pinecones – The of Nicodemus Annie by Angela Bates 
June – Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese 
Bonus – Seeds: A Memoir by Sasha Vukelja, M.D. 
Splinters – Eli the Good by Silas House 
Pinecones – Jenny & the Cat Club by Jenny Linsky 
Or Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen 
July – The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel
& Nancy Garfinkel or Man of the House by Ad Hudler 
Bonus – In Pursuit of Other Interests: A Novel by Jim Kokoris
29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker 
Splinters - Outcasts United by Warren St. John 
Pinecones – Piper Reed: The Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt 
August – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers 

Bonus – The Year Before the Flood by Ned Sublette 
Yazoo Blues by John Pritchard 
Splinters – Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper or A Cat Named Squeeky by
Vic Reskovic
Pinecones – Dewey: There's a Cat in My Library by Vicki Myron 
September – The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor 
Bonus – Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez 

The Outside Boy by Jeanine Cummins 
Splinters – The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt 
Pinecones – Keeper by Kathi Appelt 
October – Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Bonus - My Name is Mary Sutter: A Novel by Robin Oliveira 
A Separate Country by Robert Hicks 
Pinecones – Countdown by Deborah Wiles 
Splinters – 13 Words by Lemony Snicket 

November – My Orange Duffel Bag by Sam Bracken with Echo Garrett 
Bonus – The Pirate Queen – Patricia Hickman
Walking in the Deep End by Susan Parker 
The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen 
Splinters – Chasing Lilacs – Carla Stewart 
Pinecones – The Curious Garden by Peter Brown 

December – The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman 
Bonus – The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove:A Novel by Susan Gregg Gilmore 
Burning Bright by Ron Rash 
Splinters – The Cardturner by Louis Sachar 
Pinecones – Alabama Moon by Walt Key

October Meeting

Another wonderful meeting was held in October and this time at Stellar Beans in downtown Lake Charles.  Val Noland Smith, the owner, was most accommodating and the setup and food was terrific. Thanks Queen Lea for coordinating this for us.

It was great to chat with author Todd Johnson about his book Sweet By and By as he shivered in the first snowfall of Connecticut and we were fanning ourselves from the heat.  Sweet By and By is an absolute must read for caregivers for the elderly.  His book was about the dignity of each person and about having compassion for others.  His agent has just sent 200 copies to a meeting of geriatric nurse practitioners. A great book Todd and we look forward to meeting you in Jefferson Texas in January!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Local Author Book Signing NOV 11

I'm sure many of you know Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello, she has published a book In The shadow of My Brother's Cold Blood and will be doing a presentation and book signing on Nov 11 at 6 pm at the Calcasieu Parish Library.

Let's try to go to support our local authors!    I think her story will be captivating.  Can you imagine being the brother of the one who murdered in cold blood and had to live with that for the rest of your life!

My name is Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello.  I will present a short powerpoint on the family members featured in the original story :  IN COLD BLOOD.   I will also be signing copies of my book entitled IN THE SHADOW OF MY BROTHER'S COLD BLOOD on November 11, 2010 at Calcasieu Parish Library inLake Charles at 6 PM.

My book is DIRECTLY connected to Truman Capote's work:  IN COLD BLOOD.   

Thank you,
Linda LeBert-Corbello,PhD
Written by Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello
Read the life story of
Walter David Hickock  (DAVE)
(Brother of murderer  the book IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote)
Calcasieu Parish Library   6 pm November 11, 2010

October Meeting Menus MUST RESPOND!

Lea is on the ball and has already made arrangements with Stellar Beans for our meeting on October 27th.   You need to respond to Lea  ASAP and no later than Mon October 25.  

- Great arrangements Lea! Lots of Choices! And all for  $8.50, we will be the only customers.  They are opening just for us, they have wi-fi available (included with the meal price) big screen TV so we will be able to SKYPE with author Todd Johnson.

These will be guaranteed reservations so if for some reason you can't come you will still have to pay.  Likewise if you just show up without a reservation there will not be any food prepared for you.

Your choices are listed below  --


I have made the arrangements with Stellar Beans.  The cost will be $8.50 per person, includes sandwich, chips (assortment choice), drink (choice), dessert (cookie/brownie).
Each person can custom order their sandwich using the form below ---I need back to me no later than Monday, October 25, email or phone to me.  Please send to all our members. 

Pulpwood Queens Book Club Meeting       Wed.,October 27, 2010   5:30 to 8:00 P. M.


Sandwich Combo $8.50  (Sandwich, Drink, Chips, Cookie/Brownie)

Choose Bread

Choose 1   Meat
Roast Beef

Chicken Salad
Tuna Salad

Choose 1 Cheese 
Y. Cheddar
W. Cheddar
Pepper Jack
Sm. Gouda

Choose Condiments
Jal. Mayo
Sp. Mustard
Pesto Mayo

Choose Extras
Red Onion
Alfalfa Sprouts
Black Olives

Banana Peppers

Assortment Choice

Cookie/Brownie Choice


Need your sandwich order no later than Monday, October 25. or 526-7335, leave message.

Kay Huck

Click thru  to purchase at  All commissions are donated to Abrazando Cristo Mission to Nicaragua by the Southwest Louisiana Pulpwood Queens Book Club.  Our donations are personally delivered by one of our members and her family who participate in the annual mission trip. This simple click thru generated $55 last year and purchased books for the orphanage.  Thank you!