I was invited to attend a small gathering of friends at Liberty Bay Books to meet Rebecca Wells (the author of the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood" books, which - I confess - I haven't read) and to discuss (and hear her read from) her latest book, "The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder." Rebecca Wells once lived in our neighborhood, but I didn't know that for a long time, and I never met her (our neighbors are very respectful of one another's privacy - love that!). So I borrowed the book from a neighbor who does know Rebecca, and read it. I loved the book.
On Tuesday night, Suzanne closed the store, and put out some appetizers, chocolate and wine. There were 10 of us, plus Rebecca and her husband. We visited, ate and drank, and then Rebecca started to talk about the writing life, and about her book. After a little while, she stood up, and read aloud to us, in character, and the story came alive before my eyes.