Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday Finds - "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia"



Technically, "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia" is not a book I just found this week.  I've seen it around the blogosphere and the author, Mary Helen Stefaniak, was the host of one of the panels I attended at the Omaha Lit Fest, where she talked about the book.  But Thursday I had the great pleasure of attending a reading by Stefaniak at one of our local independent book stores. 

I brought my daughter along for two reasons: 1) I think it's good for a non-reader to see other people enjoying books and 2) as I told her, when we get a known author into town, we should make sure they are well-received so that we can get more authors to visit Omaha.  Imagine how silly I felt when the first thing that Stefaniak said was that she is a writing teacher at Creighton University.  In Omaha.  Where she lives. 


Stefaniak has a great sense of humor, which really comes out in the book, and an ease in front of audiences which made the evening great fun.  I'd passed on buying the book at the Lit Fest but I couldn't resist it again so I'm now the proud owner of a signed copy and cannot wait to find time read it. Now the wheels are really turning in my head.  I'm envisioning convincing my book club to read "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia" and having Stefaniak join us. 

11 comments:

  1. It sounds like it was fate that brought you to the book signing. Wouldn't it be great if the author joined in on your book club meeting!

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  2. I loved this book! I thought the story was wonderful, and I adored Gladys's narration. Ooh, I'm jealous you have a signed copy and heard Stefaniak speak! I'll look forward to hearing what you think.

    I hope your daughter enjoyed the reading as well!

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  3. I think it's awesome that Stefaniak lives in Omaha and if you had known, you'd have had to find a different reason for why your daughter should go along with you! You're definitely meant to read this book & now you have a signed copy! I like when I have books signed by the author, it had a little something extra.

    I'm already looking forward to your review whenever you have the chance to read this book!
    ~ Amy

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  4. That is too funny!! This one sounds like a good story..thanks for highlighting it today!

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  5. That is a funny story, and I am sure you are not the first one to think this way. Never heard of this book, but the title is intriguing. Look forward to your thoughts :)

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  6. This one sits on my shelf ready to be read --soon I hope. Hope u had a great w/end Lisa.

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  7. I just got a copy of this book, and am really excited about it! I do so hope that you enjoy it, and I will be looking forward to your review!

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  8. Nice to have a local author. I am waiting for your review on this one. Though the book has been there awhile it is nice to read a fresh review. I too get to books rather late in the day but that has not held me back!!!

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  9. Yes! Let's please read this book, it's been on my list for a while. Why is it that I leave and they come? :)

    So happy you had a wonderful evening with H.

    Did you stop by the yarn shop? It's one of the places I miss most.

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  10. Wow, awesome! I hope you enjoy the book.

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