Archive for September, 2008

No ordinary book review for “The Baglady”.

September 16, 2008

I’ve been adopted by the most wonderful groups of ladies, the Merry Hearts of Columbus. Earlier this year, after giving a talk at their monthly meeting, they all fell in love with The Baglady’s Guide to Elegant Living. Unbeknownst to me, I was in the company of a small army of promoters with the talent to back it all up.


It just so happens that one of the women, Betty Laswell, was well known for her dramatic interpretations of books. She calls her performances ‘book reviews’ but they are so much more. Sunday afternoon, Betty, now in her 80s, sat in front of an audience of almost 100 people. Since the conversations between the characters take place in a city park, she was sitting on a park bench surrounded by trees and shrubs. Betty’s individual characterizations of both Angela, with her questionable attitude, and the 80 year old Rose, who is sweet and unassuming, enthralled the crowd. She took the audience right inside the world of the Baglady.


And what a thrill it was for me. No ordinary book review. That’s for sure. We took a video of the event, so watch for some clips very soon.