Calendar Filling Up

rcblogos.jpgThe calendar at my favorite neighborhood bookstore is filling up with an interesting mix of events designed for book readers of all ages. Of course, young adult readers simply should not miss tonight’s big shindig (I hear refreshments might also be involved). Next week both Mike Perry (one of my very favorite authors), and Harmon Leon (don’t even get RCB manager Jon Lee started on how funny Leon is) will make appearances.

Then, just this morning, I was handed the following release:

Catherine Friend, author of Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn, will appear at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11, at River City Books for a reading and book signing.

farm.JPGFarming had never been Friend’s ambition; her fantasies ran more along the lines of nurturing her career as a children’s book writer. But when this self-confessed urban bookworm’s partner of 12 years, Melissa, decided she wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a farm, Catherine was talked into buying 53 worn-out acres in Minnesota. What ensues is a crash course in both living off and with the land that ultimately allows Catherine to help Melissa reach her goal while not losing sight of her own.

“Hit by a Farm” is a hilarious recounting of Catherine and Melissa’s trials of “getting back to the land.” It is also a coming-of (middle)-age story of a woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say “goodbye city life” — and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and the strange things that happen when one takes daily care of animals.

“Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn,” regularly $14.95 in paperback, is on sale at River City Books for 15 percent off through the day of the event.

Check this space early and often. You never know what’s going to pop up next at River City Books.

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