We made it back from Atlanta safely, although I have to admit my back is a little sore today. I tend to hunch over the steering wheel and grip it as though I'm afraid someone is going to wrest it away from me. Six hours in that position tend to make for sore muscles.
But definitely worth the trip, if only to see how much more handsome and intelligent my grandsons have become since our last get-together.
I did get to see the Dragoncon parade, which was definitely -- different. People love to dress up, don't they! Some costumes were imaginative, some weird and some beautiful. I took pix, but mostly got backs of people's heads as we were about four or five rows back from the street. LOTS of people there!
On Sunday we went to the Martin Luther King Memorial (I posted some photos on Facebook if you want to see). Which explains the title of this post. It was very moving.
But in between! Saturday afternoon we went to the Decatur Book Festival, which was wall-to-wall authors. I particularly wanted to hear Robert Morgan, who launched his sequel to "Gap Creek" that weekend.
In his author talk and reading, he told us about thinking that Gap Creek's first print run would be it, never imagining the success it would become. He described getting a phone call from a fan who asked him if he would talk to her book club. First, he thought it might be a book club in North Carolina, where he is from.
"I'm up north," he started (he teaches at Cornell) when the caller said, "Oh, I'm up north, too. Chicago."
After a little more conversation, Morgan realized it was Oprah Winfrey. When he hung up and told his wife she'd never guess who he had been talking to, she said it was probably a friend, pulling a prank. But when the producer called to make travel arrangements, they became believers.
Morgan told his publisher about the upcoming appearance and thought maybe they ought to print a few more books.
"We need to have 600,000 copies in the stores the day after the program airs," he was told.
I wish him similar success for "The Road from Gap Creek." Yes, I stood in line to get a copy and have him autograph it. "I'm so thrilled to be here," I gushed.
He looked up and grinned. "I'm thrilled to be here, too," he said.
The book picks up Julie and Hank's story, narrated by their daughter, Annie. It covers Annie's growing up in the Great Depression and World War II. I heartily recommend it.
So that's what we did Labor Day Weekend. Lots of laughs, lots of love, and a real thrill to meet an author I admire.