Wednesday, November 3, 2010

In the Company of Others

Jan Karon's new book, In the Company of Others has finally been released.This is the second book in her Father Tim series. Two years ago when my friend (in crime) Kathy and I attended a book signing and met Jan Karon, she was working on this novel.
Becky, Jan Karon and Kathy D. at book signing 12/08

 Ms. Karon spoke of her travel to Ireland which is the setting of this book. I'm reading this one slowly to savor each part. I should finish it this evening. The timing is perfect since I picked up the audio book today from our public library. I plan to listen to it on my drive to Baton Rouge tomorrow. 

Last week, the Georgia Center for the Book hosted Jan Karon as part of her book tour for In the Company of Others. Brenda e-mailed me this summer about the visit. We both put it on our calendars. The doors opened at 6:00 pm. We drove into the parking lot at 6:00. We had second row seats. As we were sitting waiting for the event to begin, two ladies across the isle were looking at  the vacant seats next to us. We recognized one of the women as Brenda Furman, Jan's sister. Brenda was the editor of The Mitford Bedside Companion.
Brenda D., Kathy D, Brenda Furman and Nancy, Brenda's friend
We assured them the seats were available and reintroduced ourselves to Brenda. Kathy and I had met Brenda at the book signing in December of 2008. It was great fun visiting with these ladies. It added to our enjoyment of the evening.

Brenda (The Quilting Cowgirl) Me, Brenda (Jan Karon's sister) Nancy (Brenda's neighbor and friend)

After her talk, there was an opportunity to meet Jan and her editor. 
This is the Front of the bookmark from the event.
This is the front and back of a bookmark from the event

Sometimes, it's really a small world. The next day I attended an annual retirement luncheon sponsored by our school system. There were probably 600 retirees at the event. Imagine my surprise, when I recognized one of the ladies at our table as one of the women sitting behind us from the Karon event the night before. It was a "Kodak" moment. It was a pleasure sharing lunch with another Karon fan.
Joan G. and me


Diane said...

How fun! I love the Mitford books, and really enjoyed the first one in the Father Tim series. I look forward to reading this new one.

Alix said...

I have a silly question. I saw your selfari widget and loved it. So i tried to add one too. But mine does not show up like a bookshelf like yours does. It's just a link. How do you have the self showing?

Stray Stitches said...

How fun!! I can't wait to get this new book. I have read all of Jan Karon's book - they remind me of my Uncle (also a minister)

Teresa said...

Oh I am a Karon fan too although I am still reading through the Midford series. I may just have to skip over to the Father Tim series since I can't find all the books for my ereader on the first one. How great that you got to meet the author!

Lynn W. said...

I wasn't aware she'd started on the Father Tim series. Must pull those from the library soon.

Jenn said...

Becky, I have all of the Mitford series books....where does this one fit into that series? is it separate? after? This is the first I've heard of this and am definitely curious! Thanks, Jenn

Brenda said...

It is definitely a small world. Had a great time with you and Kathy.