Friday the Westlake (Ohio) Porter library held an event in which Tess Gerritsen appeared and spoke about her writing. In particular, she spoke about the "stories behind the stories". It was a very engaging talk with a very articulate author. She had the audience enthralled with her stories about where she gets her story ideas. She also signed books afterwards, as might be expected. All in all, an enjoyable night spent with friends, one of whom is a retired librarian from the Westlake Porter library .
Up until just recently, I had never read any of Gerritsen's novels, but I just read her debut novel Harvest a week or so ago. A fellow pharmacist suggested her writings, so I checked her out. Now, I'm reading another of hers, The Bone Garden, and will be following it up with one of her most recent novels, The Keepsake. So far, I am finding The Bone Garden fascinating reading material about early medical practices, especially childbed fever. Definitely, medical practice has improved dramatically, and it also serves as a reminder that washing hands frequently keeps down disease.
Then on Saturday, when I was heading into work, I heard a commerical on the radio. It was advertising a benefit concert for one of the local hospitals' cancer care. The act: the Pointer Sisters, a group that I have followed since I went to college (in other words, since they broke into the spotlight, many moons ago). From their debut album, Steppin', I have listened and enjoyed their music. Suffice it to say, tickets have already been ordered for the event. Now, my husband and I will be seeing them live November 14th.
"I'm so excited...I'm about to lose control and I like it!"
The countdown has begun...26 days until we'll be doing the Neutron Dance!
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association