(this is posted early because I am doing an 8:30 AM keynote presentation and will not be online in the morning - sorry for throwing the rhythm off.)
Taken by surprise!
This morning I decided to try and find an email address for Mary Doria Russell so that I could write her a letter. I wanted to let her know firstly, that I appreciated the disability themes in her book and secondly about the book club here on Chewing the Fat. I told her that if she wasn't available on the 22nd of May she could send me an email to print. I didn't expect much, she must get emails like this all the time. I know I try to answer all my email and fail miserably.
So I got into the conference center here in East Lansing and opened my email. Not only did she send me a response, she sent me two responses. The first written quickly on her way out, the second was an amazing response about disability and her writing. She tells a story that I can't wait to share with you all ...
I'm waiting until May 22nd to put the letter up for you.
Imagine Mary Doria Russell wrote back!
Isn't it nice when people surprise you with kindness! Now I'm tick, tick, ticking away the days until we have our discussion. Mary said that she would try to join us on that day but that her son is getting married on the 31st and may not be able to ...
Mary Doria Russell, author of 'the Sparrow,' 'Children of God,' 'Thread of Grace,' and 'Dreamers of the Day' wrote me back. Goodness gracious me, life does hold sweet surprises, doesn't it.
Buy the book, get reading, get ready to have a chat - under the banner of a personal letter from the author. How cool is that?