Saturday, February 02, 2013

Writer's Expo

After the late night last night, you would think that Jilda and I would have slept in this morning and caught up, but you would have been wrong.
I'd signed up several months ago for a writer's expo at the Birmingham Library and it was today. So we'd barely finished our coffee this morning when we had to dress and head into Birmingham which is about 30 miles away.
We arrived about 30 minutes early and busied ourself setting up the table. A lady (I'm guessing she was in her early 70s) walked up and asked if we'd mind if she had the table next to us, which was fine with us.
After we settled in for the morning, we made small talk with the woman while we waited for the event to open for the public.
She mentioned that she'd just bought a new iPhone and knew nothing about it. I showed her a few things and we hit it off. All through the day when the crowd slowed, she's say, "Now how do I do...... and I'd give her a quick lesson.
I kept looking at her name, thinking it sounded familiar. When I picked up her book and began flipping through the pages, I felt like an idiot. Her father was Arthor Shores who was a Civil Rights Attorney during the turbulent times in the south. Their house was bombed twice by white supremacist because of his work fighting for equal rights for black people.
Helen Shores Lee is currently a District Judge in Jefferson County and she is a delightful person. She wrote a book with her sister entitled The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill, which is the story of her  father and their family during those turbulent times. Meeting her was a gift.
We sold some books today, but we also met a ton of other local writers
Tonight, Jilda and I are both nodding out, but we both agree that it's been a good weekend.


  1. What a great day you both had today in meeting an extraordinary woman. I think it's kind of wonderful that you were so helpful to a senior with her tech problems before you knew who she was. That's always the best way.

  2. What a great day! Enjoy your well deserved rest.

  3. Now that what I call a great weekend. Sometimes things just clicks right.
    I'm glad that you found a friend in Judge Helen Shores Lee. I'm sure that she was glad to have met you too and that you were of help with her new iphone.

    Now I hope that you both sleep in in the morning.
    I'm late getting to bed for the third night and probably will need an afternoon nap tomorrow.

  4. So fun! I'm glad you were able to meet her and also help her figure out her phone! Sounds like an interesting lady and a good read. Enjoy your Sunday!

  5. Congratulations on your accomplishments, and thank you for sharing this experience.


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