As promised, I attended the recent "Meet the Author" event at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA, featuring three Rodale authors – Derek Fell, Stephen Orr, and our own Michele Owens. In the photo left they're listening intently to event moderator Ethne Clarke, editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening Magazine.
Notice what's weird/different about the venue? Everyone's sitting on bales of hay that are covered with burlap or kitschy tablecloths, and we're in a threshing barn from the 1800s. Standing room only in a threshing barn – possibly a publishing world first?
Do it again!
My pitch to the Rodale folks that night wasn't to sign me up for a book deal (too much work!) but to have more of these events – in not just country barns but in cities and 'burbs, too. Bringing several authors together makes the event a happening; it increases the turn-out and the fun, too. And fun was had in this historic barn.
News flash – magazine editors are very cool
That was a big take-away for both of us Ranters, based on these two delightful ones. Stephen took over the gardening reigns at Martha Stewart Living last fall, and Ethne's revamping of Organic Gardening has been a roaring success.
Last but not least, the books we gathered to hear more about were Michele's Grow the Good Life, Derek's Vertical Gardening (his 84th book!) and Stephen's Tomorrow's Garden, which I'll be reviewing here next week.