Week of January 16, 2008 | Kathy Patrick

My guest is Kathy Patrick, the founder of The Pulpwood Queens.

Kathy's new book, THE PULPWOOD QUEEN'S BOOK-SHARING, TIARA-WEARING GUIDE TO LIFE, is now available in bookstores.

I first read about Kathy and The Pulpwood Queen's in a magazine article in 2005. Kathy mentioned that TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRd was her favorite book.

I sent her an e-mail telling her that I had an interview with Horton Foote (who wrote the Academy Award winning adaptation of the novel) featured on my website.

She listened to the interview and wrote me to tell me how much she enjoyed it. We soon discovered that we were both passionate about promoting books and literacy; we became fast friends.

In January 2006 I attended the Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson, Texas, where I met Kathy and hundreds of Pulpwood Queens. I had a blast. The Pulpwood Queens know how to throw a party, and they are deadly serious about the books they read.

They have big brains to match their big hair. I met Jeannette Walls, Iris Rainer Dart, and dozens of other writers.

I was named an honorary Timber Guy. I told Margie, one of the original Queens, that I had trouble finding good grits in Columbus, Ohio. I received a large box of Texas grits on my doorstep the week after I returned home.

Kathy's book captures the essence and spirit of The Pulpwood Queens. The book is filled with lists of books from different genres that is a valuable reference for any book club (or serious reader).

It also tells the story of how books have helped Kathy through difficult periods of her life. It is an ode to books and their restirative powers. You meet many colorful characters along the way.

The Girlfriend Weekend will be held from January 18-20 in Jefferson, Texas. I will not be there in body- but I will be there in spirit.

I would like to thank Kathy Patrick for all she does to help authors and I would also urge you all to buy and read her book!



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