That collection remains my favorite section on my bookshelf. From Valley of the Dolls to Heidi, the stack of books from my friends and family--each with a handwritten note on the inside--reminds me to be grateful for such an eclectic group of good readers in my orbit.
So, why the birthday story from 10 years ago? One of the birthday books was The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. And, if you take a look at the Boston Book Festival schedule, you will see that my workshop, "All About You" is listed directly beside the talk with Alexander McCall Smith.
It is one of those giddy, fangirl author moments.
Please plan to attend the Boston Book Festival. The events are FREE all day long on Saturday, October 27. I would welcome the opportunity to meet you in person.