Our Book Group for December was especially festive this year!
We were lucky enough to get tickets to meet and listen to renowned
children's book illustrator/writer Jan Brett.
Courtney found out about it through her sources and we sent
some of our ladies down to the library
to try to get tickets the minute
they became available.
(Thanks Brenda and Ashley.)
Apparently all 500 hundred tickets were snatched up quickly.
Ms. Brett arrived in style!
A luxury tour bus that she travels in across the country.
She was accompanied by her husband Joseph Hearne who has
been a bassist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 53 years!
This is awesome Gene Nielsen who is the director of
The Provo Library at Academy Square.
His enthusiasm for books and authors is contagious.
Jan Brett was darling.
I loved how she dressed in line with the style
of her art and characters.
Inside the gift box was a real white bunny.
She told us a few things about bunnies as she held him.
She geared her remarks to the children present,
encouraging their creativity and telling them to find
a quiet spot to practice each day.
Here is another Jan.
My sweet friend of over 20 years who adores Jan Brett's work.
Our book group was so excited to make this happen for our Jan.
(The drawing of this bunny was done on stage
by Ms. Brett while she talked.)
After her presentation we were taken in groups to meet her
and to have a book signed if we wanted.
She was so personable and darling and took time with each person.
Along with her books, Jan had brought a Christmas card
designed by Jan Brett
which had been sent to our Jan by a friend in 1979.
Ms. Brett couldn't believe she still had it and she signed it for her.
Our delightful Jan was encouraging Jan Brett to create
a greeting card line
and she told her she would consider it:)
Jan Brett even took time to talk to my daughter Courtney
about her own writing and gave her some encouragement.
Afterwards we all gathered at Brenda's lovely home to have our
traditional cookie exchange.
I promise we didn't eat all of these, rather we all went home with
a variety of cookies on our plates to share with others.
Before we partook of the goodies
Brenda made sure to take some fancy photos.
Cheryl's daughter Miranda whom we all adore
had just arrived in her mission field that week
and we were all eager to hear about her.
(One last blurry photo.)
It was a wonderful way to wrap up our 2014
year of reading and sharing.
Looking forward to more in 2015.