From the first page of Rita Mae Brown’s newest book, Probable Claws:
“It’s a madhouse out there,” Harry leaned on the checkout counter at Over the Moon bookstore in Crozet.
“Can’t complain. Business has been good,” Anne de Vault, the owner, glanced up as more customers entered the store as if to prove her point.
Anne de Vault arranged for an author talk and book signing with local author, Rita Mae Brown, last night at the social hall of the Tabor Presbyterian Church across the parking lot from the Over the Moon bookstore. It seemed very appropriate.
Rita Mae Brown (r) and Anne de Vault (l)
It was a wonderful evening. There were about 40-50 middle aged women (and 4 men) in the church hall. Rita Mae Brown was shorter than I expected (about 5’4″). We first saw her standing in the back of the church social hall talking to Anne de Vault, the owner of the Over the Moon Bookstore. About 7:02, she walked up to the front the social hall and stood in front the table. She talked for about 30-35 minutes without notes. She was hilarious.
She spoke about growing up in Virginia. (Her family had been there since the 1600s.) Many of her pithy one liners seem to have come from her mother.
“Virginians remember everything–even the things that never actually happened.”
“One in four Virginians is crazy. Look at your three best friends. If they aren’t crazy, it is probably you.” Momma may have been right, maybe it is me.
She talked about growing up high church Lutheran. One Sunday they passed a Baptist church where the Baptists were enthusiastically practicing their religion. My mother explained that they were the “expressive” denomination.
Virginians do not like to say no to folks. It’s rude. They will try to slide away from folks without giving a specific answer. If pressed, they will say. ‘I’ll try. ‘ People from the midwest are much more direct.
Mark Twain was the first real American author because he used American vernacular.
“No matter what your political beliefs, the news industry is making a ton of money by pedaling fear.”
She finished by taking questions from the audience. There were not many questions. She kept saying “Don’t you want to get back out in this gorgeous evening?” Her hounds and horses were all healthy so that automatically made it a good day, even without the 70 degree/low humidity day we were enjoying as a rare break in mid summer.
When it was my turn to get two books signed, I told her “You are creating a new cottage industry. I had two friends that wanted the Rita Mae Brown tour so I created the Crozet tour for them, and I was sure that there will be other local tours that may emerge.”
She just laughed and said, “I’m sure you will add you own flair to the tours.” She even wrote, “Keep up those tours, Girl!” when she signed her signature and stamped Sneaky Pie’s name and paw print on the cover page.
To buy Probable Claws, please check you local indie book store. (I bought mine at Over the Moon Bookstore in Crozet.) Only if you local book store does not have then, try Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
- Series: Mrs. Murphy (Book 27)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (May 29, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425287157
- ISBN-13: 978-042528715
I’m half-way through the book and it is really good. RMB said last night that she thought it was one of the better books she had written. It accomplished what she hoped it would.