Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Lovely Day In Locke

I couldn't have dreamed up a more magical place to do a reading and book signing for Delta Legend than the Moon Cafe Art Gallery in Locke, California. Locke and neighboring Walnut Grove not only hold the key to the legend in Delta Legend, they hold a special place in my heart.

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of participating in TEN DELTA AUTHORS held at the Moon Cafe. To be counted among this diverse and wildly talented group of authors was not only an honor, it was an incredibly fun time.

Chris Spencer, Shorty, Jeff Gillenkirk, James Motlow, joseph ernest coulombe
D.R. Wagner, Randall Marcus Gutierrez, Sally Ooms, Bill Corp (also Sally Small). 

Photo by Jeff Kan Lee. His grandfather's business
was headquartered here during the last century.
The Moon Cafe is a relatively new venture by artist and art teacher, Brock Alexander.  It's a wonderful collective featuring the work of local artists, including Brock Alexander, James Motlow, Deborah Mendel, Chris Spencer, Stuart Walthall, and Russell Ooms. This lovely gallery space is bringing a hip new vibe to the local art scene and many of the artists cross over into the literary world with their own books.

Jeff Gillenkirk and James Motlow whose book, Bitter Melon,
is listed at the end of Delta Legend. Photo by Margie Ganger.
My thanks and gratitude to everyone who made TEN DELTA AUTHORS such a huge success: All those mentioned above, as well as, Kim for working the desk and selling our books, Margie Ganger for taking lots of great photos, and Stuart Walthall for doing a brilliant job as MC. Thank you all for your hard work and for welcoming me into your world. Special thanks to Sherry Stanley for introducing Delta Legend to the organizers of this event.

3 photos by Terry O'Connell

And a big hug to my away team, Tom, Terry, Pat, and Jackie—all of whom made it safely back to the mothership after a much deserved beer at Al the Wop's.

2 photos by Margie Ganger

My mom's first book signing.