Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Help

Katie and I had such a great night last night.  My friend from high school has just published her first novel with Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam called The Help.  The book takes place in the 1960s in Mississippi and explores the relationships between African American housekeepers and the white children they raise from infancy.  Please read this review of her fabulous book--it is going to be HUGE!  And after hearing her read from it last night with the fabulously talented actress Octavia Spencer, I am salivating to crack the binding on my copy.

Here we are with Kathryn.

And here is Melanie Addison who writes tons of great stuff for our local paper as well as acting as coordinator for the Oxford Film Festival (and she has a great blog).  She is standing with the charming Octavia Spencer.

And here we all are at dinner following the signing.

Plus, when I was standing in the front of the bookstore before Kathryn's signing, three people came up to me and handed me their books to sign, mistaking me for the author.  Good omen, perhaps????



Katie said...

Oh Man that was fun! I can't wait to read this book! And how fun to have Octavia reading with her!

I could gush on and on but I will restrain...

Paul Äertker said...

Wow. Reminds me a little bit maybe too much of home with Beatrice yelling at all nine of us, a spoon in her hand. "Git yo hands dem pots!"

Christy Raedeke said...

You two live such a fabulous life it hurts. Like looking at an eclipse.

Can't wait to visit one day. I'll have to wear those post-dilation sunglasses the eye doc gives you in order to handle so much fabulousness!

a brilliant blog said...

What a fun, fun night! The writing journey can be so enjoyable. Thanks for keeping it fun for all of us that read your blog...

Katie said...

You guys are so funny! Christy, we are already planning a trip for y'all to come here and we will show you a super fantastic time!

Jess is coming in 2 weeks and we are counting the days!

And Paul... we don't have laugh yoga here (thank God) but you are welcome too!

Hardygirl said...

It was such a fun night--plus, Kathryn suffered through tons of rejection letters and then one crazy week when the universe was aligned exactly right, she received three agent offers.

Come on Christy and Paul, we'd love to see you.

Jessica, we're looking forward to having you!!!


Christy Raedeke said...

OMG! I just got my Entertainment Weekly from my mailbox, turned directly to the Books section (as usual) and who do I see? Kathryn Stockett! THE HELP got a great review, which is hard to come by in this magazine.


BTW, who is her agent?

Laini Taylor said...

I just read a great review of The Help in (I think) Entertainment Weekly. Sounds great!

Katie said...

Y'all this reading was incredible. Olivia Spencer is the voice on the audiobook and she read with Kathryn. She has been in a zillion movies and TV shows including The Wizards of Waverly place. HAHA - My chickens FREAKED out when I told them that I went to dinner with Dr. Evilini :-)

(No, y'all might have seen her in Will smith's Seven Pounds or CSI.)

Christy, I asked Kathryn who her agent was and of course I can't remember because it was an adult agent with a large well known adult agency... SF can find out for ya.

But wow. Entertainment Weekly?! That's big time!!! But this book deserves it I think. It is the coolest premise and I was enthralled listening to her talk about it.

Hardygirl said...

Her agent is Susan Ramer at Don Congdon Associates. And, Katie is right, the reading was unbelievable--I would recommend listening to this one on CD (Octavia does one of the voices on the CD) because the dialect is such an important part of the story.

Amazing to get such a great review from Entertainment Weekly--agreed. She's big time and such a delightful, down-to-earth kinda girl.


oxfordfilmfreak.com said...

I think we definitely need to start an Oxford blogger's monthly get together, martini's on the City Grocery patio perhaps?

Hardygirl said...

YES!!!!! I'm in, Melanie!

Great idea--sf

Katie said...

Melanie! You are so wise ;-)

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