for a day to Nashville, to the twentieth annual Southern Festival of Books, held here:
where I enjoyed a highly entertaining presentation by Julia Reed, Newsweek writer and reporter, of her book Ham Biscuits. She actually made a very boozy milk punch and some crab mornay canapes and passed them out to the fifty or so of us in the audience. What a great raconteur. Later, I was assessing a copy of another of her books at the big tables holding books by all the participants (quite a list), when I felt a tap on my should and it was she. We had a nice little conversation.
Then I went to hear Mason-Dixon Knitting's Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner showing the ACTUAL GARMENTS from their new book
I also walked the block to the Nashville Public Library, which features this wonderful rooftop garden. It must be a hidden gem, because there were only two or three other people there:
A look from the outside, in to the Children's Room of the Library:
looking up, catching the sun's reflection:
Ubiquitous Cat in the Hat, mugging it up. It was almost 90 degrees F, so he/she must have been sweltering in there, but seemed very cool on the outside.