Friday, January 29, 2010

First Info on Next Years Girlfriend Weekend

This just posted to Kathy's

Mark you calendar for the third weekend in January 2011, that's January
14 -16, for our 11th annual Girlfriend Weekend. And as always, if you are a Pulpwood Queen member, we offer an Early Bird Special of $150 for the Pulpwood Queen Weekend Package which includes: 2 full days of author panels, two full nights of literary entertainment including our infamous GREAT BIG BALL OF HAIR BALL, plus an OFFICIAL 11th Girlfriend Weekend t-shirt, and publisher giveaways. Our theme will be TIARA WEARING AND STORY SHARING with the Ball theme being your favorite story book character or book characters for Girl Group competition.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Girlfriends Weekend Pulpwood Queens Style

Pulpwood Queens are about reading and friendship, about encouraging others to be involved in life, about communication through the written word.  And it's about having passion and enjoyment for bringing words to life.  That's what happened at the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends Weekend in Jefferson Texas. 

The Wizard of Oz walked out of the pages and assumed new interpreations....there were the Pink Cowardly Lion, Pink Dorothy, Pink Tin Man, Pink Scarecrow and other pinkly supporting roles for Glinda and Oz.  Dorothy's were there with ruby slippers.  The poppies were blooming, the Blue Bird were flying over rainbows and of course Queen Kathy Patrick came in as a Tornado with author Ad Hudler as OZ.  What delight to see characters spring to life and have fun...great fun dancing and laughing and enjoying being more than words on a page.

How many high points can one weekend have?  With Kathy leading the charge you have renown author Pat Conroy of South of Broad The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, charming us with stories of his life and how he became a writer as well as a bit about being a Paw Paw with his daughter Melissa Conroy who wrote Poppy's Pants.  An enchanting story that my granddaughters loved.

There was Jamie Ford of The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet who told of his love of Love Stories and being a hopeless romantic.  After reading Hotel, I can understand that!  I loved the story and loved talking with Jamie about the book when he did an author call-in....prior to hitting the best seller list!!

How about when I ran into Elizabeth Berg of Home Safe at the historic Excelsior Hotel when we had our morning coffee and ended up riding together to the convention center.  A charming lady who told us about the meaning of home, that place where your heart rests.  We all enjoyed her book and appreciated her author cal call-in!!

Our special Linda Busby Parker of Seven Laurels was there with her Christmas anthologies.  Our member Hillene Deaton sent one of her special quilts via Beverly Martin to present to her.  What a gracious lady she is and has written about it on her blog.

I joined the Head Queens to read passage from our favorite books this year, remember it was unanimous to choose kathryn Casey's Blood Lines, I hope others were intrigued and ready to read it. It was great to see Kathryn again, feel like she's one of us!

So who else was goodness authors everywhere, and I cam home with books by Deva Gnatt, Suzanne Arruda,  Sam Barry, Kathleen Kaska, Ad Hudler, ML Malcolm, Robert LeLeux, Nicole Seitz new friends and authors

As well as enjoying the hijinks of River Jordan and Shellie Tomlinson, can you imagine the two of them on tour together!!

Great time by all and we''ve already made reservations for next year!

Thank you Kathy for all you do and she sent us a list of all the author websites, check them out!

2010 Girlfriend Weekend Authors website links:

Ad Hudler –
Jill S. Alexander –
Nicole Seitz –
Mary Kay Andrews –
Heather Hepler –
Robin Hemley –
Judy Christie –
Tracy Lea Carnes –
Kathleen Kaska –
Patti Callahan Henry –
Lauretta Hannon –
Janis Owens –
Hester Bass –
Melissa Conroy –
Pat Conroy –
Robert Leleux –
Elizabeth Berg –
Kathryn Casey –
Jamie Ford –
Deeanne Gist –
River Jordan –
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson –  
Jenny Gardiner –
Karen Harrington –

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2010 Reading List

We hope to come back from Girlfriends Weekend with some new friends, new books and good choices for our reading selections for this year. We have Jan - Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells and Feb - South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Today I am sending bookplates to Rebecca Wells, finallllly was able to get in contact with her. They may or may not be here for the Jan meeting. Pat Conroy will be an "up in the air" I am going to the weekend with bookplates printed, keep your fingers crossed that he will sign them

Kathy just released the 2010 reading list to choose from: Red are ones we have already selected
green are authors who will be at Girlfriends Weekend

Also a reminder you can order ANYTHING from not just books, the only requirement is to use our website click-thru to go there so we receive a commission. We have $27!! already!!

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder
by Rebecca Wells
Bonus - Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
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
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
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
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
Spoon: A Novel by Robert Greer
Bonus: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Splinters: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvader
Pinecones: The Adventures of Nicodemus Annie by Angela Bates
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
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

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

The rest of the list will be announced this summer.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Books at Girlfriend Weekend

If you would like for us to purchase a book for you and have it signed by the author, please let me know Many of your new members may not have read Kathy Patrick's book The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara Wearing Book Sharing Guide to Life. I encourage you to read it since we are Pulpwood Queens!

If you go to a bookstore or are surfing the net and checking out Amazon, you might check out some of these books for future selections. Some are old friends already and I know we will make some new ones this time also. The ones in red are ones we have read or will be in the near future

Below are listed the authors that will be there:

Pat Conroy - South of Broad
Shellie Tomlinson - Suck in Your Stomach and Put Some Lipstick On
River Jordan - Saints in Limbo

George Rabasa - The Wonder Singer
Janies Owens - The Cracker Kitchen
Linda Busby Parker - Seven Laurels

Debbie Thorton - Any Blode Can Cook
Lynn Fredrickson - Lynn's Specialties of the House
Suzanne McLennan - Praise the Lord and Pass the Biscuits
Robert LeLeux - Memoris of a Beautiful Boy
Kathryn Casey - Blood Lines
Kathleen Kaska - Murder at the Arlington
Lt Colonel Karl lenker - Final Trumpt and For Dear Life
Meg Federico - Welcome to the Departure Lounge
Tracey Carnes Excess Baggage
Karen Harrington - Janelogoy
Janna McMahan - The Ocean Inside
Mary Alice Monroe - Last Light Over Carolina
Patti Callahan henry - Driftwood Summer
Ron Hall - Same Kind of Different as Me and What Difference Do it Make
Cassandra King - Queen of Broken Hearts
Lauretta Hannon - The Cracker Queen
Mary Kay Andrews - The Fixer Upper
Hester Bass - The Secret World of Walter Anderson
Jill S Alexander - Sweetheart of Prosper County
Melissa Conroy - Poppy's Pants
Robyn O'Brian The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making Us Sick and What we can do about it
Judy Cristie - Gone to Green
Joe Formichella - Staying Ahead of the Posse : The Ben Jobe Story
Susan Jane Gilman - Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven
Mindy Friddle - The Secret Keepers
Meg Waite Clayton - The Wednesday Sisters
Ad hudler - Man of the House
Jamie Ford - Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
John pritchard - Yazoo Blues
M L Malcolm - Deceptive Intentions

Connie May Fowler - The Problem with Murmur Lee
DeVa Gantt - A Silent Ocean Away, Decision and Destiny, and Forever Waiting of the Colette Trilogy
Nichole Seitz Saving Cacadas
Suzanne Arruda - The Leopards Prey
Carolyn Turgeon - Godmother: The Cinderella story
Ruby Pearl Saffaire - Second Sluthood: A Manifesto for the Post Menopausa pre Senillic Matriarch
Carol Leifer When You Lie About yourself the Terrorist Wins
Kathi Kamen Goldmark - Food That Rocks: Receipes from the Hottest Kitchens in Music

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

FW: Our People - Profiles -

You might like to view this video of Kathy Patrick talking about Pulpwood Queens, She mentions our chapter and our organizational pictures is flashed across the screen.

If the link doens't open to her video, click on the "our people" tab 7724065&undefined

Check out the above link just in time for our Girlfriend Weekend!
P.S. I hope you'll love seeing some of you featured in the video that is
going out worldwide!