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The first book signing for “A Little Gumbo in Her Face” was a huge success! Held at River Road Books, a sweet Indie book shop on River Road in the lovely town of Fair Haven, NJ, the event began with an introduction by my daughter-in-law, who said she hopes this is only the first of many books and book signings. A surprise speech by my eight year old granddaughter followed! She said her Nana “has many phenomenal talents and did a great job on her book.” How sweet to have such loving support at the first event for my first book! I felt so honored and so loved.
My wonderful sorority sisters from Theta Mu came down from north Jersey to celebrate with me. We all met at Pazzo Restaurant in Red Bank, a great place for Italian food, and we indulged in delicious plates of pasta e fagioli, orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe, vodka penne, and a variety of individual pizzas. All graduates of Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, NJ, we were the second class of women admitted to a formerly all-male Jesuit school. We enjoyed sharing memories about the great fun we had being approximately 100 women in a school with 2,000 men! Great odds for the girls! The wonderful thing about our sorority is that we’ve all stayed in touch over the years and we get together two or three times a year for mini reunions. Whenever we can, we show up in support of one another, like my book signing event. As I spoke to the audience, it was heart warming to see all those familiar, yet older! faces.
It wasn’t only my sorority sisters who turned out. I saw many people I’ve sung with in the past, such as members of the Monmouth Civic Chorus, the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church Choir and the Red Bank Methodist Church Choir. I’ve done a lot of singing in my day! To add to the crowd, my daughter-in-law invited many of her friends who showed up in force to support me – and buy books. Throughout the evening we saw a steady flow of people wandering in to the event and staying for wine and cheese and chocolates! They bought books, mingled with the crowd and enjoyed themselves. What a lovey way to spend an evening – with family and old friends and new friends in a cozy book shop on the main street in a picturesque American town.
The next big event for “A Little Gumbo in Her Face” is a book signing at the Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans, April 12, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. New Orleans, home of gumbo and Mardi Gras and parades and fabulous food. Can’t wait to get there!