Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oh What a Night!

Not Your Mother's Book...On Family 
Not Your Mother's Book...On Being a Mom
Publishing Syndicate, Ken and Dahlynn McKowen (2014)
Dianna Graveman and I had a very successful double book launch party at STL Books at
100 W. Jefferson in Kirkwood, MO. This intimate little walking community boasts everything from beautiful Victorian homes to new houses. One of the most famous structures is the Magic House, a renowned children's museum housed in a refurbished historical mansion. 
Kirkwood is progressive and contemporary, a blending of old and new, young and young at heart, and it has that small town feel. There are indie business and many restaurants. It is a family friendly town with outdoor farmer's market and much more. I encourage everyone to visit.
Thank you Dianna for your continuous support!
Thank you, Robin Theiss (below) for hosting our event. We sold so many books and also raised money for The Family Resource Center. 10% of all sales that night was donated to the worthy cause.
Contributors each wore a corsage. They also received a STL Books note pad and participated in a drawing for a basket and an attendance prize. 

Refreshments included sweet, salty and savory snacks, wine and soda.

Dianna and I gathered with some of the contributors:
Laura Graf, Cathi LaMarche, Sioux Roslawski, Tammy Goodsell. Where are you Jean Whatley, author of Off The Leash?
We had a huge turnout in a very small bookstore. We were elbow to elbow. I counted fifty indoors,
but because our party overflowed to outdoors, we probably had about 75-100 in attendance.
Jenny Beatrice (left) read her humorous story from the Mom's book. She brought her sisters,  
the wonderful NUNS from St. Joseph's of Carondelet.
 Melissa Fouss (below) read her very funny story about her mom and the Hell's Angels. Sioux Roslawski and Renee Hughes also read.  Laughter and applause rang out!
Alvin Reid, local award winning journalist and public television personality on Donny Brook, who debates current events on Channel 9, hammed it up with Kimberly Curran Cole, who put her kids to bed at 8, left them with hubby, and drove all the way from O'Fallon to support us. She arrived just before closing. What a friend!
 Thanks to Ron Theiss (far right corner) co owner of STL Books for tending bar, and thanks to Linda and store manager, Erin, and Sam for EVERTHING!
We left a few books on consignment, so if you didn't get a chance to stop by, drop in and purchase one or both of these funny books, and be sure to say hello to Robin and staff.
Contributors in attendance:
Candace Carabus, Cathi R. Lamarche, Donna Volkenannt, Ellie Grossman, Jenny Beatrice, Laura Graf, Marcia Gaye, Mary Horner, Patricia Wahler, Renee Hughes, Sioux Roslawski, T'Mara goodsell, Sheree Nielsen, Jamie Krakover, Lynn Obermoeller, Lauara Ray, Verna Simms, Melissa Fuoss, Victoria Nichols, Dianna Graveman, Linda O'Connell


Dianna Graveman said...

Thanks for the great pictures and blog post, Linda! I am very sorry I was not feeling well Tuesday, but it was a grand event.

Sioux said...

Linda--You and Dianna and Robin made it a wonderful evening. Thanks for all your hard work! The books are jam-packed with funny stories.

Kim said...

I had fun! It was great seeing all of you, and hearing the stories.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This really looks and sounds like it was a great event. Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend :)

Lynn said...

It was a truly marvelous event and once I catch my breath, I'll be blogging about it!

Daisy said...

Congratulations! Looks like it was a very successful event.

Robin said...

We had such a wonderful time! I'm so proud of all our local authors who contributed to these books!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Sounds like you had such a good turn-out and had lots of fun! Congrats to you!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Sounds like you had such a good turn-out and had lots of fun! Congrats to you!

Donna Volkenannt said...

It was a great time! Thanks to you and Dianna and Robin and her family and friends.

Bookie said...

Sounds like this was a great success! I did not know there was a bookstore in Kirkwood. I love the train station there....those lovely old bricks!

Val said...

Wow! That looks like a classy affair!

Merlesworld said...

Congratulations sound like it was a great success.

Tammy said...

Couldn't have been better. You all did a wonderful job!

Lisa Claro said...

Looks like so much fun! Sure wish I could have been there to share the laughs. Maybe one of these days.