I don’t do a lot of speaking gigs during the year since I have a regular 8-5 day job, but when I get the chance to speak at a library, I’m eager to participate. Last month, I had the honor of speaking at a lovely small town library in Alvarado, TX. The Texas Writes group organized the event and brought me out along with a fun middle-grade author name Jeramey Kraatz who writes for Harper Collins. We had a great turnout, but two ladies in particular made the trip extra special for me.
The first was a reader who drove in from out of town to see me. Seeing as how we share a name (Karen) and a love for Christian fiction, it was a delight to have her there. We’ve met on a handful of other occasions as well, and Karen has always been an avid supporter. Not only is she a reader, but she writes, too. In fact, her first book just released! Check it out here. Isn’t that a beautiful cover? Love the purple!
The second guest who enhanced the speaking experience was another author. Jeanne Bennett approached me after the talk and presented me with a story and a signed copy of her book. Not long ago she traveled to Oxford, England to learn the art of fore-edge painting. If you’ve never seen it, you should Google it right now. The earliest examples of this art form date back to the medieval era. There are two main varieties, regular fore-edge painting, where artwork is painted on the page edges of a closed book and is readily visible, and the more exciting disappearing fore-edge painting, where the image is painted on fanned edges of pages, rendering the art invisible when the book is closed. You must fan the pages in order to see the picture hidden there. Jeanne has become a master at the disappearing fore-edge painting and has published a gorgeous book filled with history and practical instructions on how to recreate such artwork yourself.
Here’s a sample of her artwork. It’s amazing! She’s so talented.
If you are interested in trying this out yourself, you can find Jeanne’s book here.
- What are some of your favorite library-related memories?