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Sunday, March 18, 2012

My Glorious Mississippi Trip

When I arrived at my sister's in Batesville, look what greeted me.

I'm ready for touring. She supplied the flowers and the framed GLORY BE cover.
I added my Junk Poker box, Scholastic book bag, and Leslie's waterproof tote. Not that I needed it. Weather was fantastic.

After a stop in Oxford (see previous posts!), it was on to my hometown of Cleveland, MS. Home of Delta State University. More on that later.

I spoke at my local library. The same place I've checked out a zillion books, met a girl who inspired the character of Laura, researched swimming pool closings, and was inspired by some pretty great librarians.

Here's the poster my friend Nan designed for the event. They were all over the place!

I signed books for friends' moms, my pre-school teacher, my former librarian, my Latin teacher. I could go on and on. It was an amazing afternoon. I still can't quite believe it.

(So far, this is the best I can do, photo-wise. More to come I hope.)

Here I am speaking to the terrific kids at Bell Academy in Boyle, MS, just outside Cleveland.
It looks like a couple of them wish I'd been handed the Stop Talking card. But really, they were very attentive and had great questions.

I signed the books they'd bought at Scholastic's Book Fair. Cute kids. Such fun.

Then it was off to Jackson.
 Three schools! One great evening at Lemuria Books! And a gathering for my old college friends and my family at my very oldest friend's house. Here's Ivy's table.

Remember the picture of us from a while ago?

Here we are last week, a few birthday parties later, post Book Tour. Still smiling.

Goodbye to family and friends. Great time "Back Home." Thanks to all, especially my sister the Tour Guide and her twin brother, for all their support. Love you all!


Barbara O'Connor said...

Looks like so much fun! What lovely friends and family you have.

PragmaticMom said...

How wonderful! Let me know when you are in Newton, MA.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

I just LOVE these pictures, Gusty! You've been having such a fabulous time and it's so nice to see your friends and family and local libraries, etc. so supportive.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Love these pictures, Gusty!!! What a fabulous tour you've been having!

Carol Baldwin said...

Sounds like a great time. How fun to be in your hometown library!

Augusta Scattergood said...

Everything about it was fun! Nothing like hanging out with old friends and family- especially if you still like them a lot!
Thanks for your comments, everybody.