Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Authors, Memoirs, Book Signings, Oh My!

Last night I attended a wonderful taping of a local radio program; "The Fontbonne University KMOX Charlie Brennan Book of the Month Club." (Wow, that's a mouthful, isn't it? It can be heard online and as soon as I find out when the shows will air, I'll post it here.)

I don't know how many people were in the audience, but the theater was packed. We had the pleasure of hearing about the lives of two totally different men: Kevin Killeen and John Pizzarelli.

Kevin Killeen is: a very funny guy, also has a program on KMOX 1120 AM radio in St. Louis, and has written a hilarious, charming, nostalgic memoir/novel about growing up Catholic in the 1960's. His publisher is Blank Slate Press, a St. Louis company.

Never Hug a Nun

All of his escapades take place in the idyllic St. Louis suburb, Webster Groves, Missouri.

I cannot wait to begin reading this book! Kevin was so kind and encouraging when I told him I'd just finished writing my memoir. What a neat guy! 


John Pizzarelli is: another very funny guy, has traveled the world over playing guitar for the best of the best singers and musicians. Just to name a few: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, James Taylor, and Paul McCartney. John is also a fabulous singer as is his wife, Jessica Molaskey. 

World on a String; a Musical Memoir

This, too, is another memoir I can't wait to read.

Please support your local independent book store, and if you don't have one near you, you can order from indie stores online. 

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"You can go other places, all right - you can live on the other side of the world, but you can't ever leave home." -- Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair


  1. I have 'Never Hug a Nun' on my's next on my list (after the very long biography about Abe Lincoln).

    I'll have to check online for recordings from the station - thanks!

  2. Thanks, Kim! Just listening to Kevin talk about some of his "adventures" last night, I know this book will be a favorite!

  3. BECKY!!! I've been missing from blogger world and it feels so good to read you! you warm me up with your happy take on life. Glad you had a nice evening surrounded by writer ~ very empowering, right? :)

  4. What an awesome title. "Never Hug a Nun"...I want to read it to know why not!

  5. Sounds like you had a fun night out on the town. I look forward to your reviews after you read the books. They sound like winners. Happy Reading...

  6. Both books sound like good reads!

  7. Hi Becky...One day YOU will be signing copies of your new book! Susan

  8. My goodness, you ever stay home? LOL Glad you're enjoying yourself. Sounds like a fun time. :)

  9. That sounds like an evening well-spent. I've got to get my hands on that nun book.

  10. What fun! Sounds like a terrific night.

    Are you taking notes to help you plan your own book signings?

    Critter Alley

  11. I love that St. Louis supports its authors!

  12. Hi Karen! It was a very fun night!

    Hey Elizabeth! I know....GREAT title!

    Hi Gigi Ann! Yes, it was fun. Please don't wait too long to read my reviews! I don't know when I'll be able to read them!

    Hi Lynn! Yes, I know I'll love them!

    Hi Susan! You're such a sweetie! You made my night when I read your comment! Thank you!

    Hi Lisa! Do I ever stay home?? I sure do! I'm pretty much a homebody, especially at night! It was very fun

    Hi Val! You'll have to get your hands on that nun book from someone else! When you come to "town" on the 8th, you can buy one! :)

    Hi Pat! You also "made my night" with your comment! And yep, I'm all ready for my book signings...*sigh*

    Hey Mary! Good point! At least I know a bunch of us do!

  13. Hi, Becky! What a fun evening! I'll look for these books--can't wait for yours! XXOO

  14. You are bad. I (still) have far too many books in my unread pile. Something which is not helped because I keep buying more. And now you tempt me with more... When can we purchase yours (weak willed, that's me).

  15. "Never Hug a Nun" sounds so engaging and fun. I'll have to read it for sure. I also need to get out more and listen to other writers like you do!

  16. Hey Michael Lee! Thanks so very much! You're a doll!

    Hi EC! I'm the same way; can't help buying books, but hey...that's a lot better than buying tons of shoes!

    Hi Debora! How wonderful to hear from you! Thanks so much for stopping by. It's been a long time since I was around authors who weren't my writer buddies! Very inspiring!!

  17. I love the title "Never Hug a Nun"! The title alone makes me want to read it! Lol!
    Congratulations on completing your memoirs! YAY!!!!
    It sounds like a great event you attended. I am glad you had so much fun.

  18. Sounds like a couple of interesting guys...with books to match!


  19. What a fun evening! I love the title of Kevin's book.

  20. "Never Hug A Nun" sounds like a bit of hilarity! And your evening out sounds like great fun! I'll have to check it out on Kindle.
    Sandy :)

  21. I love that title NEVER HUG A NUN! I am going to have to check it out. :)

  22. Being raised Catholic and attending the Catholic school s from k to 11 I need to read this book! Thanks for sharing some great reading! HUgs Anne

  23. Hi Terri! Thanks! It really was fun!

    Sue, yes, very much so! I found one of the radio interviews online last night, but didn't have time to listen to all of it!

    Hi Donna! Yep, that title is a Keeper!

    Hi Sandy! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, that title is irresistible!

    Hey Margo! Yes, it's a cool title!

    Hi Anne! I'm sure you'd like reading it!!


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