Here, on the eve of my departure from New Orleans to head back to the mountains and home, I’m realizing that book tour really is very similar to band tour. Duncan often affectionately refers to my book and various other extracurricular pursuits as my “band,” and, while I’ve never actually been in a touring rock band, I imagine that life on band tour is very much like mine has been this past week. I’ve had many meals consisting of bad coffee, sour cream & onion potato chips and beef jerky, and listened to more than my share of christian radio in the bible belt. I’ve also made it through hours of driving listening to some of the best country stations I’ve ever heard- old songs I haven’t heard in decades, played by warm and interesting DJs who truly love the music. I’ve felt addled from driving long stretches through miles of cotton fields and small towns, and felt joyful from the oases of welcome at my gigs in between. Touring can also be lonely and taxing, and I’ll be glad to get home to my boys, but in the meantime I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to visit some of my favorite places, meet new friends and old, and share this book, so long in the making, with them. My first stop was Oxford, Mississippi, at the beloved institution Square Books.
From now through Wednesday, November 2nd, Short Street Cakes will host our 3rd Annual Dias De Los Muertos altar to celebrate Day of the Dead. We have blank sugar skulls for sale ($5, with a portion of proceeds to benefit COLA- Coalicion de Organizaciones Latino-Americanas), a table with icing, glitter, and sequins to decorate the skulls, and an altar where participants can leave offerings to the souls of the departed. Please feel free to join us, and bring your family to participate in the sacred act of honoring the dead. Continue reading
This is Keri. Keri and I were freshman college roommates at the University of Georgia. 17 years later, we are still best friends, and our children are like cousins to each other. Last year, due to a long, complicated, and of course very serendipitous turn of events, I met the Cake Lady Betty Compton through Keri and friends at the Anatoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, NC. Continue reading
My friend Keri and the community of Cedar Grove,NC, home to one of the Cake Ladies from the book, Betty Compton, have puttogether the following event down east in Cedar Grove, NC to celebrate CakeLadies. This people of this communitygarden have been a friend to me and to the Bountiful Cities Project here inAsheville, and I feel so deeply honored to be in such fine company. I feel so grateful, too, that the communityput this together on their own, to celebrate this wonderful woman Betty who hasgiven so much to their community. I’mgetting a little teary again.