Sharon Randall, Birdbaths & Paper Cranes Author Visits

Sharon Randall, Birdbaths & Paper Cranes Author Visits
8-23-11 Author Sharon Randall Visits

Anna Jean Mayhew Visits

Anna Jean Mayhew Visits
7/12/11 - Author Visit! Anna Jean Mayhew author of The Dry Grass of August

The Art of Racing In The Rain

The Art of Racing In The Rain
2/1/11 Handing Out The Art of Racing In The Rain

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sharon Randall Visits - Syndicated Columnist & Author of book Birdbaths & Paper Cranes

Sharon was a tremendous guest. Our group warmed up to her and she captivated us with her story telling. She read one of her favorite columns and took member questions. We were so blessed to have her visit us - all the way from Las Vegas at her expense! What a treat! THANK YOU Sharon!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Author Anna Jean Mayhew visits Turning Pages Book Club to discuss The Dry Grass of August

What a wonderful meeting we had on July 12, 2011! We had a large group of people meet to discuss and ask questions to Anna Jean about The Dry Grass of August. Anna Jean was wonderful, answered all questions openly & honestly and our members really enjoyed the live author visit. Learn more about Anna Jean Mayhew & The Dry Grass of August at

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Next Book - Birdbaths and Paper Cranes

Sharon gifted multiple copies of her books Birdbaths and Paper Cranes to Turning Pages!
We will be distributing these book to members on July 19th and reading through mid-August.
Syndicated columnist Randall's writing style is intensely personal and unmistakably authentic, as if she were writing a letter to a trusted friend. She shares stories of how her blind brother once tried to drive a car; her sister lost a wig on a bumper car ride; her husband coached basketball while battling cancer; and her oldest child grew up to be "not a real doctor, but play one on TV." In Randall's hands, even stories about ordinary things-from a broken birdbath to a rusty porch swing to a thousand paper cranes-all shine with extraordinary meaning and grace. Laughing or crying, readers will surely see in her stories some of their own, and may look at life in a new way. Originally written as a weekly column for the Monterey County Herald (CA) newspaper, journalist/writer, Sharon Randall's debut novel is a collection of personal essays telling a family tale from beginning to end, and back to a new beginning.
Learn more about Sharon Randall at:

Local Poetry Author Jackie Jones Visit to Turning Pages!

On June 14th, Jackie Jones visited Turning Pages to participate in our book club. She had gifted 25 copies of her poetry book "Lake Reflections" to our club and came for a wrap up session/reading with the group. It was a neat change from the novels we normally read. Her book included beautiful artwork for each poem and a DVD was included – each poem had its own accompanying soundtrack - sounds from life on a lake, our own Charlotte area Lake Norman.
See pictures from the event & learn more about Jackie:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Currently Reading (June 14 - July 12) The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew

Charlotte Native & Author Anna Jean Mayhew will be visiting Turning Pages Book Club
on  Tu, 7/12 10 AM to discuss The Dry Grass of August! 
Special Live Author Meeting in The Learning Studio (glass room to the left as you enter)
Main Library, Uptown, 1st Floor
The Dry Grass of August is set in 1954 and 13 year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte with her family for a summer vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there - cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father's rages and her mother's benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally. Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass, and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents' failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence...Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope, heartbreak, and the love and courage that can transform us - from child to adult, from wounded to indomitable.
Learn more about AJ Mayhew at

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