|Rebecca Rasmussen, author of THE BIRD SISTERS|
Last week, I had the absolutely pleasure to meet Rebecca Rasmussen, author of one of my favorite books of the year THE BIRD SISTERS. If you have any doubt about how much I loved this book, you can read my review here. I had been looking forward to meeting Rebecca for a few months -- even before I read her wonderful debut novel -- because I already considered her a friend. I "met" Rebecca awhile back on twitter (where she's extremely active); and she seems to be everywhere in the blogosphere!
Rebecca was appearing at the Whistlestop Bookshop in Carlisle, PA. (Believe it or not, I had never visited this quaint independent bookstore even though it's only a half hour away. I fell in love with the story and I will definitely be going back!) The owner had a nice spread including wine, cheese and crackers and fruit, but the highlight of the evening was when Rebecca sat down to read from THE BIRD SISTERS. Rebecca is a fantastic reader and it was apparent how much this book means to her. You could just "sense her passion" as one attendee noted!
Rebecca is exactly like I was expecting -- she's smart, funny, and gorgeous! And I'm so glad that I was finally able to meet her for real -- my husband can no longer refer to her as one of my "fake friends." After her reading and (very successful) signing event, Rebecca and I (along with some "new" friends) headed to a nearby bar for drinks and dinner. I had a blast and I so wish Rebecca lived closer because I do think we'd be great friends!
Rebecca is doing a pretty extensive tour for THE BIRD SISTERS, so if she's in your neck of the woods, you should definitely visit. And if not, you should still read the novel -- it's fantastic!
Update: I totally forgot to mention another highlight of my evening! (I was in a rush to get my posts ready before leaving town for the Easter holiday.) I was finally able to meet another "fake" friend -- Harvey Freedenberg. I "met" Harvey a few years ago on Twitter and was pleasantly surprised to learn that he's a fellow booklover in good old Central PA. Harvey is a freelance book reviewer, and his terrific (and insightful) reviews have appeared in some major publications including Book Page, Bookreporter.com, Shelf-Awareness.com and Harrisburg Magazine.