Thanks to everyone to turned out at my readings and supported my first book tour to Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It was exciting to read as part of a short story panel at the Virginia Festival for the Book. This event, in its 18th year, is the largest in the region, drawing thousands of readers and select writers to share their work and discuss their work. VA Book was on my bucket list, so I was honored to be part of it.
People say it’s a small world and I believe it after that experience. The author seated next to me that afternoon was Erika Dreifus, short story writer of New York City. As we talked, I quickly learned that she not only knows one of my former mentors from New York, but also a member of my writers group here in North Carolina.
In Pennsylvania, I presented a paper on the art of Southern fiction related to the work of James Agee and Harper Lee at the Appalachian Studies Conference. In Delaware, I presented readings at Milford and Rehoboth Beach, and spoke to a senior English class at Delaware Tech in Georgetown. It was great to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.