XXII ~April 2009

Okay, I've kept quiet about this because I wasn't sure if it would happen but it begins to look as if there's serious interest in a made-for-TV movie and/or a pilot for a series based on our girl Elizabeth.

It's at the talking stage now and nothing is set in stone but it's obvious the producers have their own ideas about Elizabeth.

In the first place, they want to make her a bit younger “to appeal to the target demographic” as they say.

They are talking with Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock about playing Elizabeth and Phillip. Pam is excited at the opportunity to show her serious country credibility (note the jeans) while Kid Rock feels he will bring a fresh new dimension to the character of Phillip. . . as well as more hair.

. On the other hand, there's a chance the producers may choose to go with Fabio. For both roles. Stay tuned.

Happy Day of All Fools!!

For more ideas on casting, check out My Book, The Movie


( or ‘you uns,' as Miss Birdie would say)

Mary B. writes: Another book with Nazi occupation of France as backdrop--and for that matter, as a main character, is Five Pieces of Orange , by Joanne Harris ( Chocolat ).  Did I already mention this to you?  I liked it a lot.  And, In the Time of the Butterflies , by Julia Alvarez.  It takes place in the Dominican Republic during the horrible regime of Trujillo, and in current time.  It's based on an incident in which 3 women in a family were murdered for political activities.  It sounds gruesome--I haven't finished reading it, but so far it's not gruesome, and is well-written. 

Annette B. recommends the PBS movie The Prince of Dark Corners – adapted from the play by NC's own Gary Carden.

Beth E. says:

I'm reading "the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society", letters written shortly after WWII that tell the story of the German occupation of the Channel Islands, the only part of Britain Hitler could get his hands on.  There was a PBS series a few years ago, Island at War, with this subject, that was excellent.  The DVDs might be in the Asheville library.  I love the "Foyle's War" series also set in WWII England.  I believe I wrote you about Val McDermid's book "A Place of Execution" which is one of my most favorite books.  She sets some others in Scotland and the best of these is "The Grave Tattoo", which speculates on the fate of Fletcher Christian.  I'm not too crazy about the ones with serial detectives--a little too violent.

Lynn P. is another who suggested The Guernsey etc. book/

I'll certainly get the Francais book and also the ones set in Scotland--they sound great.  My two favorite book settings are the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Britain--guess maybe because I'm Scotch-Irish?

Thinking about your remarks about the early Churchills reminded me of another interesting book "The Mitfords, Letters".  I've read another book about these English sisters and found them intriguing.  They were related to Churchill and/or his wife Clementine, and they are mentioned in the letters.

Candace, my web mistress, says: Saw this book on Reading Rainbow.  Very heartwarming.

Check this post on my blog for a rundown of 25 books that have influenced my life.


Books I've enjoyed during the past month

Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter -- pretty old-fashioned but I still love it. Wonderful nature description.

Island Magic – Elizabeth Goudge - one of her earliest and a tad corny but, again, lovely description

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons – a terrific spoof


The Magician's Nephew

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Magician's Nephew

Prince Caspian

all by C.S. Lewis (audio) old favorites but the first time I've had them read to me – delightful!

Vicki's Schedule


Friday and Saturday, May 8-9 -- Blue Ridge Book and Author Showcase. Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville, NC.

I'm really excited about this. Sharyn McCrumb, Kay Byer, Sheila Kay Adams, and Joan Medlicott – all of whom have befriended me and helped me on my journey – will be presenting, as well as many other noted writers – including Robert Morgan.

I'll l be speaking at 10 AM on Saturday the 9 th and will have a table in the exhibit area where I'll be available throughout the day.

There will be an all-day program of presentations on a variety of topics of interest to any book lover. Free and open to the public, the event is being held in the magnificent new Technical Education and Development Center on the college campus, an ideal venue for this type of gathering. Best-selling author and native son of Hendersonville , Robert Morgan, is honorary chairman. Sharyn McCrumb, award-winning novelist and popular featured speaker, is the keynote speaker.

Complete details of the program schedule, lunch arrangements, directions to the site, etc., can be found at .


Saturday, August 1, Haywood Book Mania, Waynesville, NC More info to come


 Saturday, August 22, Episcopal Women's Luncheon, Waynesville, NC.


Friday and Saturday, September 11-12 - CAROLINA MOUNTAINS LITERARY FESTIVAL,  Burnsville, NC.  Info here .

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