Jen Forbus had told me to say hi, and he promised me he wouldn't hold that against me. When I asked if I could take a picture, he asked the woman in line behind me to take it. Everyone on Facebook loved the pictures. They thought he looked like a train engineer in my cap, but Craig said he looked more like "Thomas the Train." He said he's thinking of changing his image.
Then, I went to thank Cara Black for her nice comments about me, my blog, and the Velma Teague Library. Here's Cara looking just as sophisticated as her character, Aimée Leduc.
Although I didn't get a picture, I went to say hi to historian Douglas Brinkley. Doug appeared at the Lee County Reading Festival the year his book on Henry Ford was out. When you ask me what some of my fondest memories are over the years of hosting authors, Doug is part of one of them. Jim and I had the chance to have lunch with him and Rick Bragg. I don't think we said more than a few words. We were just in awe that we were actually sitting with Douglas Brinkley and Rick Bragg. I got a hug and kiss from Doug, and I told him Jim had died last year. I'm still impressed with Doug as an historian.
|Not from Tucson - Doug Brinkley & Rick Bragg at the Lee County Reading Festival|
|Left to right - Kris Neri, Roni Olson, Chantelle Osman, & Deborah Ledford|
|Kris Neri and Deborah J. Ledford|