Thursday, June 23, 2011

News and Notes

Thanks to all you wonderful queens for volunteering for Boogie for Books! And especially to those wonderful guys who came to help out also.

Did you see the picture of Beverly and Jim in Jambalaya?   If not here's another shot at it:

July Meeting  Wed July 27  M L MALCOLM'S visit -  Planning Committee headed up by Queen Tracey, other members Beverly Martin, Marilyn Bonnette, Phyllis Stine and Keri Doise  
   Presently there will be a day event at Central Library, our meeting Wed evening and perhaps a writers group meeting that Bev Martin is arranging

August Meeting Wed AUG 24 (DATE IS CHANGED FROM REGULAR SCHEDULE)   KATHRYN CASEY'S VISIT   Planning Committee headed up by Queen Allison, members are Beverly M., Laurie, Barbara and Marilyn  Bonnette

Also Lake Charles American Press talks about summer reading and books clubs, mentioning our PQ club in here to take a look
American Press and PQ Book Club  edited article is pasted below:

With summer comes longer days and a time when many people take vacations. To stay mentally stimulated or just for pleasure, some people fill their vacation time reading books.
Lake Charles offers both members-only and public book clubs for its residents. The clubs typically meet once a month to discuss a broad variety of books.
A few of the clubs provided their reading lists from the past year and for the summer:

Southwest Louisiana Pulpwood Queens

This book club is part of the Beauty and the Book national club. The club’s 25 members wear tiaras to the once-monthly meetings at Stellar Beans coffee shop. The book recommendations are selected by the national club, and the members decide which books to discuss, said Kay Huck, who founded the local club after Hurricane Rita.
These are the June and July book recommendations:
“Georgia Bottoms” by Mark Childress.
“The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small-Town America, One Tiara at a Time” by David Valdes Greenwood.
“The Killing Storm” by Kathryn Casey.
“Heart of Deception” by M.L. Macolm.
“Gone with a Handsome Man” by Michael Lee West.
“WOOF: Women Only Over Fifty” by Mary Cunningham, Diana Black and Melinda Richarz Bailey.
“Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle” by Olivia daBelle Byrd.
“Murder at the Luther” by Kathleen Kaska.
“Thunder Beach” by Michael Lister.
The Pulpwood Queens’ children’s picks are:
“Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein.
“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by Philip Christian Stead.

June Meeting

I am looking forward to seeing you at our meeting next week, June 29th.

I'm sorry that Mark Childress won't be able to call in to entertain us with his stories.  He was delightful when we met him at GFW in January.

Many thanks to Tracey and Committee for planning ML Malcolm's visit, sounds great.  

Allison and committee will be planning Kathryn Casey's Visit in August.

Hope you all are enjoying your summer and reading a ton of good books!

Speaking of GFW, got an email from Kathy Patrick describing some of the events and have copied the main parts for you:

Dear Pulpwood Queens,
...Here is the price list for members:
$250 for Pulpwood Queen Package to all events including Thursday night Author Dinner, Friday and Saturday all day panels, Friday night PRETTY IN PINK PROM PARTY, GREAT BIG BALL OF HAIR CIRCUS themed BALL, Saturday KEYNOTE AUTHOR luncheon, plus Official t-shirt, V.I.P wrist band and free books and galleys from the publishers.
All tickets are non-refundable but can roll over to next year or exchange with another person in group.

Friday Night, come PRETTY IN PINK for costumed PROM PARTY.  Saturday Night CIRCUS theme for Hair Ball plus table competition. 

We also are offering a MEMOIR WORKSHOP with author, Texas Observor columnist/Editor of LONNY Magazine in New York, Robert Leleux that is going to be exceptional.  $150 for members and includes a signed copy of his NEW book, "The Living End" and lncheon that day.  Robert will be our Keynote Speaker Friday morning and our January Book Club Selection so this is a real treat that he can do this for us the Wednesday before we begin the event on Thursday night.
I am working on lining up all the authors but confirmed so far are:
Kathy L. Patrick
Robert Leleux
Michael Morris,
Ad Hudler
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
River Jordan
Wade Rouse
Man Martin
Caroline Leavitt
Rebecca Rasmussen
Katie Crouch
Kathleen Kaska
M.L. Malcolm
Kathryn Casey
Jamie Ford
Karen Harrington
Robert Hicks
Bill Torgenson
Marcia Fine
Melanie Benjamin
Neil White
and many more in the works