Last night, I went to the book signing for Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman at the Hudson Library, sponsored by the Learned Owl Book Shop, a local independent bookstore. I was thrilled to be able to meet fellow book blogger Stacy from Stacy's Books, we live fairly close to each other and are both Ohio State grads. We had a great time getting to know each other and chatting at a local coffee shop before the book signing. Stacy is adorable and sweet and as you'll see in the picture below she looks awesome in hats! We connected right away and I look forward to getting to know her better...book bloggers are amazing, we seem to have these great connections! We also met a group of women who are local bloggers and writers at the book signing, Lisa and Laura Write and Write-Brained.
Beth Hoffman walked into the room full of grace and gratitude and she was happy to see so many supporters there to embrace her and CeeCee. I've connected with Beth via emails and on twitter and she has been very supportive and interactive with book bloggers. She is just as sweet and kind in person as I had expected. She is from the northeast Ohio area so she had family and friends there to see her and support her. Beth gave Stacy and I big hugs when we met her and she was so grateful that we were there. She shared how she came to write the book and encouraged the audience to follow their dreams as she is a living example that dreams do come true. She was charming and inspiring and has a sense of humor. She had a smile on her face the whole time. To thank those who hosted her tours she gave two ladies handmade honorary Savannah Garden Club hats. They were gorgeous and whimsical, and a perfect complement to the book. Beth gave one to a lady from the Hudson library and one to Liz Murphy from the Learned Owl, (you can see a picture below). If you have an opportunity to meet Beth on her tour, jump at the chance, you'll be glad that you did. Here is her 2010 tour schedule.
Here are some photos from last night:
(Beth Hoffman, after reading from the book)
( Me, Beth Hoffman, and Stacy)
(Liz Murphy,Learned Owl Bookshop, and a representative from the Hudson library-my apologies, I don't know her name- with their honorary Savannah Garden Club Hats)
Check out Stacy's post about the Beth Hoffman Book signing at Stacy's Books, here.
I mentioned in a previous post that I had to miss my book club as it was meeting the same night as this book signing. We were discussing The Help, and I was actually able to make it to my book club after the book signing and they were still talking about the book! So, I ended up being part of both events and even got to enjoy a delicious dessert that went along with the theme of the book. My friend made Mississippi Mud Pie and it was delicious. It was a great evening!