Saturday, October 2, 2010
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.