Friday, November 27, 2009

Metro South Arts Council hosts Author Fair

Today in St. Peters, MO: Sunny, high 55 degrees.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thankgiving Day. My family certainly did!

Yesterday we went to my sister Bridget's house. Bridget and her husband Steve always do a spectacular job with Thanksgiving dinner. Bridget and Steve cooked the turkeys and trimmings, and everyone brought their special dishes. After we ate, we had our annual Christmas ornament exchange, which is always fun. Then we picked names for Christmas--which will be at my house. Just about all the family was there, including my niece Alexandra and her fiance James--and their adorable mini-pinscher puppy, Carmen, who looked fetching in her pink and black tutu and on "diamond" choker. Alexandra and James are in town from Columbia for a couple days. Alex looks as beautiful as ever, and James is so supportive and loving to her. Alex begins her radiation treatments next week, so please keep praying for her.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to get back to work.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 28, I will participate in the Metro South Arts Council Author Fair and Book Signing sponsored by Metro South Arts Council at Crestwood Court, 109 Crestwood Plaza Drive, just off Watson Road in St. Louis.

During the event, more than a dozen local Illinois and Missouri authors will display, sell, and sign their books. The Author Fair will be open to the public from 10 am until 6 pm at ArtSpace #120 near the north end of Crestwood Court; there is no admission charge and there is free parking at Crestwood Court.

This event was planned and coordinated by Cheryl Eichar Jett, who writes about local history of Southern Illinois. She has written a book about Alton, IL, which, if I'm not mistaken, has been named one of the most haunted places in the United States.

I will be at the event signing copies of books with my stories in them, including: Mysteries of the Ozarks, A Cup of Comfort for Christmas, A Cup of Comfort for Military Families, and A Cup of Comfort for Women.

I will be there from around 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. So, if you're in the vicinity, please stop by and say "Hey!"


  1. Unfortunately, I have a family holiday obligation, but I hope you have a good time! Please let us know how it went.

  2. Hi Dianna,
    We definitely will miss you. Hope you have fun at your family get-together.

  3. Hey Donna, I would love to stop by and say "hey" to you, but yesterday I participated in my VERY FIRST day of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving!! Many years, I had to work that day and other times, I just didn't want to get up that early, didn't want to be hustled around like cattle, etc!!....But, yesterday a good friend and I went out, starting at 5:00am and had a great time!...Gee, you don't need all this info, do you?? My point is: I'm too worn out to do much of anything today, including driving to see a writer friend! I hope you have a great time!

  4. Hi Becky,

    Wow! You are a brave one. Hope you got some bargains.

    Actually, I'm happy you didn't drive all the way to Crestwood today. Here's why:

    My grandson and I got up early and packed up my books and stuff and headed off for the author fair this morning. After getting a bit lost, I found the mall, then after wandering through the mall, I found the space reserved the authors. By the time we got there everyone else was set up. I asked where my table was and was told I was supposed to bring my own table. Yikes!
    I thought it was a bring-your-own-chair event--guess I should've read the small print right before leaving. So, I had two chairs, but no table. A woman suggested I run to WalMart and buy a table then return it after the event, but somehow that didn't sound like the right thing to do. So, I decided not to sit for five hours holding my books. Michael and I got back in the car and went out for lunch.

    Memo to Self: Read and print off the directions and details before heading out the door.

    I just hope no one else ventured to Crestwood only to discover I apparently am not smart enough to participate in these type of events.I need to start practicing the word Duh, because it's one that fits me.

  5. I just found your blog and was interested in the book signing for authors event, although I do not live in your state. I always like to see what other writers/authors are doing. Hope the event went well. Come visit when you have time.

  6. Hi GutsyWriter,
    Thanks for stopping by. I definitely will check out your blog.


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