You are invited to party with the sassy but clever authors of Drinking with Dead Women Writers.
For loads of laughter, literature with license, luscious lemon tarts, and liquid libations, come to the Premiere Party on Saturday, May 12 at Asiago’s Wine Bar for our new book Drinking with Dead Women Writers. Festivities begin at 3:00 pm with an Italian buffet featuring smoked salmon with Italian cheeses, rosemary crostini, Italian sausages with spiced tempura vegetables, scones and lemon-ginger donuts. (I recommend wearing black, baggy pants with a generous, elastic waistband – the staple garment that comprises half my wardrobe.) It’s all free if you purchase an autographed copy for $10 from the authors. Wow! You might as well purchase several copies. Mom would be SO excited to receive an autographed book for Mother’s Day.
Of course, you are more than welcome to purchase wine from the splendid selection offered at Asiago’s. (I’ll have a bottle of Mount Veeder Cabernet stashed under the table.) Please note that the authors will be thirsty, so feel free to bring them a drink and receive a unique gift of gratitude. The authors will read selections from their book and then join in the grand celebration. The official festivities conclude at 6:00 pm, but we all know that for some of us, the party never ends.
This fascinating book evolved after AK Turner and I met at Asiago’s last December for a Christmas glass of wine. Because we’ve never been able to enjoy just one glass, we always get a bottle. By the end of the bottle, we had outlined plans for the book with a goal of finishing it by the Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous on May 4. Such goals are easy to set after consuming wine at Asiago’s. The book arrived four months and four days after our first discussion.
We each researched 16 famous dead women writers and then met weekly to discuss our stories – over another bottle of wine. (Proceeds from this book will be used to assist with any future liver problems.) We were amazed about some of the facts we learned:
- Margaret Mitchell wrote only one published novel in her lifetime, but Gone with the Wind won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
- Carson McCullers wrote The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at age 22. Her husband wanted them to commit suicide by hanging themselves in the French countryside. She refused, but he later succeeded.
- Jane Austen’s original title for Sense and Sensibility was Elinor and Marianne.
- George Eliot’s given name was Mary Anne Evans. Her father encouraged education, fearing that her plain looks would never attract a suitor.
- Dorothy Parker remains famous for several pithy quotes, including, “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”
We only have a limited supply of books, so come early! (That’s not true, but I’ve been known for sporadic bursts of hyperbole.) See you Saturday!
Today’s blog was fueled by a bottle of 2007 Kestrel Sangiovese Falcon Series from Kestrel Vintners in Prosser, Washington. It’s dark, full-bodied and a tasty treat for only $22.
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