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Book Clubs Are Where It’s At! (My Appearance at the Heritage Book Club Meeting)

A few months ago, Brenda Bunting (Washington, DC poet and author friend of mine) told me that her cousin, Emma Lou Black (founder of the Heritage Book Club in Lexington, Kentucky) planned on reading my book, Gotta Let It Go, for the club’s August meeting. Emma Lou asked whether I would be interested in doing a Facebook live meeting or coming to Kentucky.

Since I’d never been to Kentucky, I said “What the heck? Let’s do this road trip.” So, on Friday, August 17, 2018 Brenda and I embarked on the trip to Kentucky. It was a nice ride with the exception of areas of road work and a brief thunderstorm. Anyway, when we arrived later that night, I was too thrilled to meet Emma Lou. We stayed up until 2 am talking, drinking and laughing.
In the morning, the excitement was building for the book club meeting scheduled for 6 pm that evening. The kitchen was hopping with Emma Lou preparing a feast with an expansive and mouth-watering menu of beef brisket, fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, collard greens, rolls, homemade pound cake with caramel icing, etc. (I’m still salivating).

By 6 pm, the living room and kitchen areas were filled with book club members ready to start the discussion of Gotta Let It Go. I read a few passages and then did a Q & A session. These ladies had some really great questions and I had a great time answering them and delving into the lives of Deidre, Hill and Kyle. We even talked a little about the sequel, Gotta Get It Back and they can’t wait to dive into the drama that these characters will bring. At the end of the meeting, they all scored my book a solid 10! WOW! I was blown away and truly humbled by this.
The evening wasn’t over. After enjoying the delicious meal and drinks specially made by Emma Lou (yeah, she’s a bartender too), there was an added bonus of Brenda who shared her poem, The African Locked Inside the American – powerful!

Overall, the energy in this book club meeting was amazing and I was grateful for their love and support. A million thanks again to Emma Lou for her hospitality and for introducing me to her group of avid readers. Book clubs really do ROCK!
Here are some photos from the event. Enjoy!



  1. Dee is a wonderful writer and gracious person. Thank you for being such a fun and adventurous spirit. You a fly girl! Looking forward to reading your next book soon. We really did have such a special time my friend. Can't wait to do it again! Brenda Bunting, Poet

    1. Hey Brenda! Thanks for stopping by and showing my blog some love. As we both know, life is full of so many adventures once we hit the road. Hope to do it again soon. And YES, Gotta Get It Back is on the horizon...stay tuned! :-)

  2. Hi Avijit! Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. It's appreciated.


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