8 August 2007

I’ve been invited to be one of the authors at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville the week of 12-14 October. Here’s a link to the article in the Tennessean: http://tinyurl.com/2827zy. It hasn’t quite soaked in yet that I’m attending a book festival as an author instead of as a reader.

FARON YOUNG, FIFTY-ONE YEARS AGO: On August 8, 1956, Faron and Hilda closed on a house at 4001 Brush Hill Road. They could now afford a home substantially larger than the small Bel Air residence with its three tiny bedrooms. This house was in Hubert Long’s quiet neighborhood in northern Nashville, close to Gallatin Road and one block from the Cumberland River. Spacious tree-filled lots separated the large one-story brick house from its neighbors. When they moved there with one-year-old Damion, they remodeled the kitchen and gave it a stylish pink-and-charcoal color scheme with a breakfast nook, pink metal cabinets, and a charcoal brick fireplace. Hilda loved the fantastic kitchen and its fashionable appliances–hanging refrigerator, dishwasher, and a hanging freezer that looked like a cabinet.
Ernie Reed writes, “I’m sorry I haven’t done a better job of keeping in touch. I have looked forward every week to your news letter, and am glad that the book is finally being released. . . . I can’t wait to read the book.”

Mayf Nutter sends this note from California, “CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so proud of you for your persistence and dedication. Here’s to your continued success.”

Sandy Cooper in Kansas says, “The radio show interview sounds like a great opportunity for you, Diane.  Congratulations on your first hardcover copy of Live Fast, Love Hard!  I can’t wait to get one of my own!!”

Frank Chilinski wants to know, “Will the book be available on Amazon or any other website? Can I order it from you?”

Response: It can be preordered at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ and http://www.amazon.com/. I won’t be selling it; I only sell my two memoirs. The University of Illinois Press is doing a great job of distribution.

Ray Richardson wonders “if you have a book tour scheduled and do you know if you will be coming to Roanoke VA? I would love an autographed copy. Thanks for your hard work and I am already looking forward to your next endeavor.”

Response: We haven’t discussed book tours yet. But I drive through Roanoke on the way to Nashville.

Joe Babcock writes from Nashville, “Thought you might be interested that myself, Ronny Robbins, Okie Jones, and Jim Glaser will be doing an interview with Eddie Stubbs on WSM this Sat. at 2 PM in conjunction with the opening of the Marty Robbins Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.”

Response: I very much wish I could have been there this past weekend. I will definitely check out the Marty Robbins exhibit when I’m in Nashville in October.

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