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Author event – Beth Hoffman

February 25, 2010

A bookstore not too far from us has organized a great event called Book Your Lunch.  At these events, you get to have lunch with other bookish people, while an author speaks and reads from their current book.  When I saw that Beth Hoffman was coming, I bought my ticket right away, since the first people who sign up get to sit at the author’s table!   Beth was warm and gracious (and she gives great hugs!) and wasn’t scared when I pulled out all of my cameras and my tripod.

After Beth was introduced by the bookstore owner, she spoke for about 30 minutes and then read a little bit from Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  Then lunch was served and there were great discussions throughout the room.  After lunch, there was a question and answer period and then Beth signed copies of her book.  What a great way to spend the afternoon!

Beth speaks almost as well as she writes and wears her heart on her sleeve.  If I had to describe her in one word, it would be grateful.  She is grateful to be alive, grateful for her success, grateful for the support of her fans and she makes sure that everyone knows it.  I left the event with a smile on my face and in my heart.

Sorry for all the videos, but YouTube limits the length, so I had to get Carl to divide this for me.  Beth lost her voice and had just gotten it back, so you may have to turn the volume up a little bit.  If Beth comes anywhere near you, you really need to make an effort to see her.

I wasn’t going to include this picture because I look so goofy in it, but decided I wanted to show you proof that I was there.

45 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010 5:27 am

    Kathy, you don’t look goofy!!! I am really jealous you have events like this. People down here in Orlando must be the least literary people on earth, because we have nothing. That Beth Hoffman is something else…I really hope she becomes wildly successful because she is the nicest person.

  2. February 25, 2010 6:06 am

    What a fun experience for you. Hanging around with bookish people is the best. And you don’t look goofy at all. I assume you’ll be reading her book. I’ll watch for your thoughts on that.

  3. February 25, 2010 6:38 am

    I love this idea!!! Wish Montreal would figure out how to do stuff like this. Thanks for the post.

  4. February 25, 2010 7:37 am

    OH – how wonderful for you!

    The author was scheduled to come to Kansas City (and I was ready to sign up immediately), but then she had to cancel due to overbooking. I must say I was disappointed, but am so happy for her success.

  5. February 25, 2010 7:39 am

    I would have believed you even without the picture!
    And you don’t look goofy. it is just you do not look as relaxed as the author, who has that smiling in public thing down pat it seems.

  6. February 25, 2010 7:48 am

    You don’t look goofy. It’s a great picture. You know how jealous I am of you right now, right?

    What a great day!

  7. February 25, 2010 7:50 am

    Kathy, I can’t thank you enough for sharing this. I had guessed that Beth Hoffman was a really nice person, but she comes across as so much more in these clips. I laughed and I cried watching them. She is just so sincere, and such a wonderful story teller. I really hope that one day I get the pleasure to sit and listen to her in real life.

  8. stacybuckeye permalink
    February 25, 2010 7:58 am

    I love the idea of lunching with authors and other bookish types 🙂 Beth was so great when she came here and from what I can see from other ‘sightings’ she’s just as lovely everywhere she goes.

  9. February 25, 2010 8:00 am

    What a great idea Book Your Lunch is! I wish that more bookstores would host these type of events. I had the opportunity to meet Beth Hoffman at a book signing as well and she is the most down to earth author that I’ve met. She is very sincere and authentic and I agree…grateful is the perfect word to describe her. She appreciates her fans and truly loves writing and that is evident in her wonderful book. I’m so glad that you got to meet her and that is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. I’m going to come back later to watch the videos. You look great in the picture with Beth!

  10. February 25, 2010 8:27 am

    What a terrific way to spend an afternoon! I look forward to viewing the You Tube clips when I am on a newer computer that can support the plugins.

    Thanks for sharing!

    PS You look very nice in the picture!

  11. February 25, 2010 9:39 am

    Oh Kathy, you do not look goofy! And thanks so much for sharing all these videos!! I am so jealous you got to meet Beth, but so glad you had a great time! 🙂

  12. February 25, 2010 9:47 am

    Oh, how I love this idea and wish my local indie would do it too! I’ll have to start campaigning for that. And I’m jealous you got to meet Beth….hope she’ll make it to Richmond sooner or later.

  13. February 25, 2010 9:47 am

    Kathy….what a special day. i love the picture.

  14. February 25, 2010 9:47 am

    Oh Kathy,

    How lovely of you to post about our luncheon and include the videos too! You’re a true girlfriend and I can’t wait to see you again.

    I truly loved this event and I think I probably blabbed too much! Ha!!!! Y’all were so delightful that I was genuinely sad when the day ended.

    Thanks again for your kindness, support, and your generous spirit.

  15. February 25, 2010 9:57 am

    Wow! It sounds like you had such a wonderful day. And they way you explain her is just how I thought she would be. CeeCee Honeycutt was obviously written from her heart. Thanks for sharing the pic and videos…and you look great!

  16. February 25, 2010 10:43 am

    This is just such a wonderful post and I agree with the others that you definitely don’t look goofy! How lucky you are to have had this opportunity!

  17. February 25, 2010 11:18 am

    That sounds like a lot of fun, I would love to participate in an author event like that. I have her book on my Wishlist, hoping to get to it soon!

  18. February 25, 2010 11:52 am

    What a fabulous event. I wish they had stuff like that close to me, but I guess for that to happen we’d actually need a bookstore in town.

  19. February 25, 2010 12:27 pm

    How fun! I wish the bookstores around here did something like that.

  20. February 25, 2010 2:09 pm

    Sounds like a great event. The store obviously is very enterprising in finding ways to combat the Kindle, Amazon and other competition. This is a great way to build loyal customers — even better than readings.

  21. February 25, 2010 2:19 pm

    Kathy, this is wonderful, inspirational. The photo is very nice.

  22. February 25, 2010 2:57 pm

    Kathy, Finally a time I can say I am jealous of your meets up with authors. Loved the videos and BTW you don’t look goofy.

    I have been dying to see this post ever since you mentioned you were going plus having lunch with her.

  23. February 25, 2010 3:31 pm

    You don’t look goofy – it’s a lovely picture! And what a great event the Book Your Lunch event is!

  24. February 25, 2010 4:29 pm

    What a great event! I am so glad that you got the chance to hear her speak, it sounds like you had a wonderful time! I am looking forward to reading her book, as I have heard nothing but good things about it!

  25. February 25, 2010 5:02 pm

    Kathy, you looked wonderful, not at all goofy! I’m so pleased that you got to go to this event and that you shared it with all of us. Austin is a very bookish town, but we don’t get very many authors here either (like a lot of people have said in other comments). Not sure what that is about, but regardless, you a doll for sharing.

  26. February 25, 2010 5:12 pm

    What an awesome experience. Ms. Hoffman sounds like I wish every author was…gracious, grateful, etc! Thanks for sharing!

  27. February 25, 2010 7:18 pm

    You definitely don’t look goofy, wherever did you get the idea from? 🙂

    It’s so nice to have author events like that, glad you enjoyed it! If Beth comes anywhere near that I can drive to, I’ll definitely try to go!

  28. Julie H. permalink
    February 25, 2010 7:56 pm

    It looks like it was a fabulous time! I wish we would get more somewhat intimate book talks/signings at our regular bookstores. It’s not always worth it to try to fight the masses at MOA.

  29. February 25, 2010 8:05 pm

    that sounds like fun, and you dont look goofy! great post 🙂

  30. February 25, 2010 8:06 pm

    How fun…I wish I had a bookstore like that near me!

  31. February 25, 2010 8:12 pm

    Thanks for the proof Kathy!! 😀 you do not look goofy!!! I’m so glad that you had this great opportunity!!!!

  32. February 25, 2010 9:16 pm

    What a great event! I wish I could find a low-key event like Book Your Lunch here… Sounds like it was a great time.

    There are tons of author readings in NYC, but they tend to be very, very crowded.

  33. February 25, 2010 11:06 pm

    What an awesome event! I wish they did something like that around here. I would love to do an occasional lunch with bookish types!

  34. February 26, 2010 12:12 am

    Sounds like you live to a really cool bookstore – what an awesome event!

  35. February 26, 2010 12:20 am

    What a great lunch! I’m definitely going to see Beth if she’s ever any where near here; she looks like so much fun!

  36. February 26, 2010 12:49 am

    wow, this is so cool, I wish we had something like this here.

    Thanks for the videos, I think she looks very classy.

  37. February 26, 2010 2:42 am

    Looks like an awesome event!

  38. February 26, 2010 4:06 am

    I am so jealous!!! I’ve been wanting to read that book…it’s in my stack of TBR…but to actually meet her, HUG her?!? WOW! THAT is so cool!!! And to hear that she is “grateful” and not snotty like some authors can be…oh that is really neat. What an awesome opportunity you had, great memories – and you don’t look goofy – you look great!

  39. February 26, 2010 1:33 pm

    I’m so glad you had the chance to meet Beth Hoffman. I would gladly listen to her gab for hours. The videos are a great way to share her with us. Thanks.

  40. February 26, 2010 1:57 pm

    How awesome!!! You look far from goofy, Kathy! Thank you for sharing this!

  41. February 26, 2010 8:41 pm

    Of course you don’t look goofy! Oh wow, thanks so much for sharing these videos. What a fabulous event and opportunity. I’m so glad you got a chance to meet Beth. And I don’t blame you for signing up for more lunches. Lucky, lucky you!!!

  42. February 26, 2010 10:47 pm

    You look fine! And from everything I’ve read, it seems Ms. Hoffman is the friendliest and nicest author out there.

  43. February 28, 2010 8:14 am

    Ok, another instance of serendipity in my life today …

    I just started following your blog a few weeks ago


    I just started working at that Fiction Addiction a few weeks ago!


    When I saw the title of your post, I thought, “Wow, that’s cool. We just had an author event with Beth Hoffman too.” LOL!

    Yours is one of about ten blogs I read to keep me informed on books so that I can have some recommendations for others. I don’t think I will ever be as knowledgeable as Jill. She is like a walking bibliography with details!

  44. March 3, 2010 1:31 pm

    Sounds like a great time…lunch with the author too! WOW, I am jealous.

    Thanks for sharing the videos and the photo!

  45. March 5, 2010 12:28 pm

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Hoffman and her book.

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