Posts Tagged 'Beauty and the Book'

Girlfriend Weekend Outtakes

Authors Deeanne Gist & Hester Bass

I’ve been writing about the 10th annual Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza in Jefferson on January 15-16, hosted by literary maven Kathy Patrick of Beauty and the Book.

Pat Conroy summed up the entire weekend beautifully: “There’s something alive in this room, something that shows that literature means something. This is out of the soil they don’t’ know about on Manhattan Island. We celebrate this every time we open a book or see a tiara

I also want to give a shout out to the Eureka, Kansas, Pulpwood Queens (Heidi, Erica, Pam, and the adorable girls!) for adopting me for the weekend. Heidi (see below) is Kathy Patrick’s BFF from way back. We Kansas girls stick together!

Here are some of my favorite takeaways from the weekend (and as you can tell from the session names, Kat was riffing on a Wizard of Oz theme!):


I arrived just in time on Friday to catch the end of a panel with Jill S. Alexander, Hester Bass (The Secret World of Walter Anderson), and Heather Hepler (The Cupcake Queen).  Jill’s debut novel, The Sweetheart of Prosper County, Continue reading ‘Girlfriend Weekend Outtakes’

The Best Book Fest in Deep East TX

I have this thing about Jefferson, Texas’ own version of Savannah. As I turned onto Broadway from Highway 59, I did my in-car happy dance. And I was even happier to pull up at the Pride House, my home-away-from-home for the weekend of Jan. 15-18. Jefferson is magical. It’s so steeped in leftover Southern Gothic vibe, with house after house dating back to the 1850s and 1860s, that whenever I turn a corner I think I’ll see a horse-drawn carriage –– wait! I saw horse-drawn carriages driving weekend tourists around the tiny town on Sunday!

After an absence of much too long (say, three years), I made a return trip to my favorite small Texas town for the annual Pulpwood Queens’ Girlfriend Weekend, the brainchild of Kathy Patrick, my literary soul sister. Kathy has run Beauty and the Book, the country’s only combination beauty salon and book store, since 2000. With her past as a book sales rep, she’d always been about books and reading. She got the bright idea of starting the Pulpwood Queens of East Texas book club, whose motto is “Where tiaras are mandatory and  reading good books is the rule.” (One might add that leopard print something or other is the perfect complement to the tiara!)

In 2003, I made my first trip to Jefferson to see for myself how tiaras intersected with books. I had the good fortune to go over Labor Day weekend, when Kathy didn’t have a lot going on, so I got the official guided tour in Kathy’s van with daughters Lainey and Madeleine. They introduced me to Auntie Skinner’s biker bar (home of all things fried and lots of beer), the Hamburger Store (home of amazing pies), the Carnegie Library, and of course Beauty and the Book. At that time B&B was in the basement of Kathy’s home, and she showed me tapes of the PQ’s Good Morning, America Continue reading ‘The Best Book Fest in Deep East TX’

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