Book Group Expo 2006 presents Storytellers of the South: Small Towns With Powerful, Far-Reaching Stories with moderator Kathy Patrick and panelists Loraine Despres, Ronlyn Domingue, River Jordan, and Michael Morris.
Part salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party, Book Group Expo brings together a wide variety of book lovers, and authors under one roof. The Expo is an opportunity for the thousands of serious readers and book group members from throughout the Bay Area to experience a unique interactive program built around reading and discussing literature.
Loraine Despres is the author of the bestselling novel The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc and its tie-in title, The Southern Belle's Handbook. Raised in Amite, Louisiana, Despres is a former television writer and among her many shows is the â€œWho Shot J.R.â€ episode of Dallas. Her new novel is The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell. She lives in Beverly Hills with her husband, writer-producer, Carlton Eastlake.
Ronlyn Domingue was born and raised in Southern Louisiana, a place where the weather and the people are equally warm. The Mercy of Thin Air was a finalist for the 2005 Borders Original Voices Award. Her work has appeared in New England Review, Clackamus Literary Review, New Delta Review, and The Independent (UK).
River Jordan is a storyteller of the southern variety and the author of The Messenger of Magnolia Street. She spent over ten years as a playwright with the Loblolly Theatre Company. Her writing style has been cast most frequently in the company of Flannery Oâ€™Connor and Harper Lee.
Michael Morris is the author of the Christy Award winning novel, A Place Called Wiregrass, and Slow Way Home, named one of the best novels of 2004 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the St. Louis Dispatch. His novella, Live Like You Were Dying, was a finalist for the 2006 Southern Book Criticâ€™s Award.
Kathy Patrick is the owner of the first hair salon/bookstore in the countryâ€”Beauty and the Bookâ€”and the founder of The Pulpwood Queens, the largest book club in America. She has been featured on Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Kathy's first book, The Pulpwood Queen's Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life, will be published next year by Warner Books.