Thursday, April 8, 2010

March Meeting news

We had a great meeting for March. Thanks to Grace for hosting and to the food committee Rachelle Wilson, Linda Todd and Linda Breaux .

I especially appreciated the technical assistance of Rachel, Allison and Erin to get us hooked up and online for the SKYPE with our author of the month Jenny Gardiner.  She is passionate about doing more for e-publishing for emerging authors and will be sending us more info as it develops.  Also she did introduce her parrot Gracycie to us who even spoke a bit.  

Members voted on the books for the coming year.  Thank you Tracey for tabulating the results!  I couldn't have done it without you.  Those who emailed their choices had their votes counted also.   Choosing from Kathy Patrick's list of monthly selections and bonus book selections we came up with the following list.  Please note some date changes for our meetings.

April - Hostess Chris Baldouf,
Food  Erin, Kay, Phyllis Hughes    
Discussion:  Rachel Beck   
Book: The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman (the book we brought back from Girlfriends Weekend) .  She will be sending us bookplates designed by her daughter and will do a phone call-in  she doesn't SKYPE.  

Also for April we will have a "Spring Fling of Books"  bring your books to donate to the Women's Shelter, dressed up in a purse  or wrapped in a scarf.

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May -  Hostess:  Peggy Borel    Book:  Do Over by Robin Hemley    Will sign bookplates and SKYPE in from France where he will be teaching a writing workshop

June - Hostess:  Linda Sonnier   Book:  What Difference Do it Make by Ron Hall and Denver Moore  -  haven't been able to contact yet

July - Hostess:  Kay Huck   Flexible date and time because author Ad Hudler of Man of the House

will be traveling this way and will attend the meeting.  May do something joint with Lafayette group???

August:  Hostess:    ___________  Book   Heart of Lies by ML Malcolm   She will be flying in to attend our meeting and staying with me

Septemeber  Hostess: ___________    book:  Yazoo Blues by John Pritchard  haven't been able to contact yet

Oct :  Hostess ____________   book:  Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson   will SKYPE in and sign book plates

NOv   Hostess ______________   book:  The Lakota Way by Joseph marshall III  - haven't contacted yet

Dec    Christmas party and gift exchange

RE: Book Selections for the next few months

Tracey said she couldn't open the attachment so  I am re-sending and pasting it  into this email
Also I pasted it into our group page on Facebook

Vote on Option 1 or Option 2 for the month of July:

____________Option 1:  Just have regular July meeting at a different time and discuss Ad Hudler's book Man of the House

____________Option 2:  Special Meeting to read and discuss Man of the House with Ad Hudler as guest and have regular book club meeting and read another book also.

 We need to select books to read for:  April, May, June, July and August
Please vote for the books you would like to read in order #1 being the one you would most like to read.

* The rest of the year's books will be announced SUMMER 2010!
__________    The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Town that Raised Them   
__________    The Lakota Way by Joseph Marshall III
__________    The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
__________     Spoon: A Novel by Robert Greer

__________    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  __________   ( Option 1 or Option 2)    MAN OF THE HOUSE BY AD HUDLER

August –
__________    Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

__________    Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz

__________    Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson

__________    The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen

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

__________     Do-Over by Robin Hemley

__________    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kampkamba with Bryan Mealor
__________    Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
 __________    The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel

__________     Seeds: A Memoir by Sasha Vukelja, M.D.

__________     In Pursuit of Other Interests: A Novel by Jim Kokoris

__________    29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker

__________    The Year Before the Flood by Ned Sublette

__________    Yazoo Blues by John Pritchard

2009  Books  We have not read:
January                 The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
February              Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman
April                      Oscar Season by Mary McNamara
May                         Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon 
July                         On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren 
August                     The Leopard's Prey- A Jade Del Cameron Mystery by Suzanne Arruda
October                     The Help by Kathryn Stockett
December                     The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman 

2009 Bonus Book Club Selections We have not read:
 The Forgotten Garden by Kate Moron
Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
Secret Keepers by Mindy Friddle
Welcome to the Departure Lounge by Meg Federico 
Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires who are Saving our Planet by Edward Humes
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robinson 
Murder at the Arlington by Kathleen Kaska
 The Prayers for Agnes Sparrow
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Words, Letters, and Combinations
Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts,….With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory
by Roy Blount, Jr.
Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman
Treasure of the Golden Cheetah by Suzanne Arruda
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austin Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
 Serendipity by Louise Shaffer
Note to Self by Andrea Buchanan
Dorothy on the Rocks by Barbara Suter
The Shiniest Jewel by Marian
The Big Skinny by Carol
Elegance of a the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery 
Wife Goes On by Leslie Lehr
Janeology by Karen Harrington 
Driftwood Summer by Patti Callahan Henry
The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life by Lauretta Hannon


Boom! By Tom Brokaw
 If Every Month Were June by Tony Bender
Flying by Eric Kraft 
Woodsburner by John Pipkin
 Final Trumpet by Karl Lenker

RE: Creative Ideas

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since we supplied Queen Kay with some of our printing supplies to include our expensive name plates.  If we could all bring somewhere around $5 at the next meeting (or the next one you go to) I’m sure that would be a huge help!

Thanks – and I hope your animal issues aren’t near what I read in “Winging It”,
Allison Kuhn

Creative Ideas

I hope I am back in town for awhile :)

Bev Martin and I were discussing over coffee this morning that we need to come up with our story for Girlfriends Weekend soon so we can begin thinking about costumes and table decorations and oh yes some kind of skit.

We looked at story books and thought of Mother Goose and different nursery rhymes; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Shakespeare;  mystery writers; Clovis Crawfish and friends;    Ya Ya Sisterhood;     We need ideas and costuming and decorations and skits...put your creative thinking caps on!!!

If you are interested in going next January, please let me know because we need to get together soon to begin our plans.  Those of us who went last year have already made our reservations at The Excelsior Hotel in Jefferson, TX  so if you are even thinking about going you need to make your reservations (you can always cancel later)

It was also soon be time to send in our advance $150 registration.  It's easier if you make your check to Kathy Patrick, and give them to me and I send them in together (I copy the checks and keep a record because Kathy gets overwhelmed with stuff).

Looking forward to seeing you soon!  

Remember our next meeting will be March 31 at Grace Broussard's in Sulphur.  Author Jenny Gardiner will be calling in hopefully using SKYPE


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Meeting Wed 2/24/10

Reminder for our meeting Wed Feb 24 at Tracey's home in Sulphur  309 Beauregard Ave. 5:30 to 8:30
PQ SWLA Feb 2010 Meeting

Book Selection: South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Hostess: Queen Tracey Baham

Food Committee: Tracey Baham, Beverly Martin, Allison Kuhn, and Keri Doise (new member)

Discussion Leader: Queen Rachelle Wilson

I'm sorry that I again will not be able to make the meeting as I will still be here Texas taking care of my granddaughters.  Hopefully only 2 weeks to go!  I am getting so behind on stuff..

Please look at your calendars to considering hosting a meeting.  Also we are growing so we probably need to discuss whether to meet at the library or a restaurant like Piccadilly.

Pat  Conroy was fabulous and it was such a treat to meet him.  Hope you all enjoyed his book also

Hope to see you soon


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When you use this website, to click thru to any purchases you make will support Abrazando Christo Mission to Nicaraugua.  This is the fundraiser for my book club, Southwest Louisiana Pulpwood Queens.  For the past 2 years, one of our members and her family, have gone to Nicaraugua and brought our donations to purchase Spanish Bibles and other books for the orphanage.  Thank you for supporting this mission.