Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Author Louise Shaffer & PBS

On Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting author Louise Shaffer combined with a PBS get together. Louise is the author of several books, incuding her newest Serendipity: A Novel, which we all loved. You can find my review here.

Louise came to visit us (in MA) from NY. She took the train down just to spend a few hours talking and visiting with us.

Louise is very familiar with the theme of Serendipity, as she was an actress herself. Her greatest accomplishment being the Emmy she won for her role on Ryan's Hope. Shortly thereafter she was let go from the soap. First turning to writing for the soaps, to writing on her own. Her first book The Three Miss Margarets: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) was quickly followed by The Ladies of Garrison Gardens: A Novel and Family Acts: A Novel.

Louise is charming, engaging, graceful, funny and it was my (our) pleasure to have her speak with us. She engrossed us with her stories, especially the one about the night she won her Emmy. She engaged us in an interesting discussion of whether or not something that happened in the book (don't want to give away any spoilers here) is a generational thing or something that spans time. After Louise left, we all talked about how much we loved having her visit us, and most importantly, how we could have listened to her talk for hours! It was an honor to have her in my home!


Kaye said...

I just loved Shaffer's books, The Three Miss Margarets and The ladies of Garrison Gardens. Fantastic reads. I'm definitely putting her new one on the list. thanks

LuAnn said...

It sounds like you had a great time visiting with Louise Shaffer!

Melsy626 said...

Lori, you describe the day so perfectly!! It was such a treat and a pleasure to visit with Louise, she is such a terrific lady!!! :)

Thanks for putting it all together and hosting such a special day for all!! :)