Saturday, January 08, 2011
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
Why does this relate to Lesa's Book Critiques, and not to my other blog, My Moments in Time? Normally, I would not have known the name of a U.S. Representative from Tucson. Last March, I went to the Tucson Festival of Books. One program featured Scott Simon from NPR, interviewing Elmore Leonard and his sons. Here are two of the paragraphs from my blog that day.
"Simon congratulated everyone involved with the festival. He said it was a magnificent event, and he and his family had been to more than one book festival. In fact, he said his daughters were already asking if they could come back again. He said the support the festival provided for literacy was so important, and made a difference in the community.
"Simon went on to ask if Representative Gabrielle Giffords was in the audience. She had asked him to participate in the festival. In return, he said, his daughters' pictures would soon be appearing on twenty dollar bills, by an act of Congress."
Representative Giffords' picture appears here today, as a supporter of the Tucson Festival of Books, a supporter of books and reading, and a friend of NPR. Naturally, she's so much more, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a U.S. Representative, and a citizen of the U.S. But, I only recognized her name because she was a supporter of the Tucson Festival of Books.
My prayers go out for Representative Gabrielle Giffords, her family, and the families of all those victims of the shootings today in Tucson.