Meeting Author, Delia Owens

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Last weekend, my family and I took a little road trip over the mountains to a much anticipated author event. A gem of a book, Where the Crawdads Sing, has taken off and sold more than a million copies and has remained on the best seller list. Just before making her way to Washington, Delia had visited with Reese Witherspoon, and signed rights over for a film adaptation. SO EXCITING!

This is my second author event of the year so far, which was the total sum of events I attended last year. I’ve decided that it’s something I enjoy, therefore, I want to make time for, as well as for my kids. One of the events I went to last year was with my son for a local middle grade author’s book we had coincidentally buddy read. Then, my daughter had an author at her school and purchased all of his books and had them personally signed to her. My husband went to a live showing with an author he’s been enjoying lately too. It’s been an enriching experience all around and we hope to continue making these events a family affair.

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Hosted by Auntie's Bookshop (a beautiful independent bookstore) and held at the massive Spokane Public Library, Delia is a charming woman and wonderful to hear speak of her first fiction novel inspired by her childhood and her mother, along with her incredible intensive history living in the Kalahari. The best part? Finding out she's writing another novel! Oooooh, I can't wait!

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I was so curious about Delia Owens after reading Crawdads that I quickly started researching who she was. Living in Northern Idaho, she's a wildlife scientist who spent many years living in the untouched, wild African desert to study hyenas and lions, and passionately labored to save the quickly dying wildlife. I immediately purchased one of her many non-fiction novels, Cry of the Kalahari, and loved it. I’m so impressed and inspired by her life and her writing.

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It was a really great trip, and we all wished we’d had more time to explore the area. Spokane has a lovely history and we enjoy trips like this as a family. However, I met my goal for meeting Delia and I am so very glad I did.

What was the last author event you went to?!

Rikki RiveraComment