Today Susan Branch was at The Tattered Cover in downtown Denver. I tootled down there in my Subaru and even though I pulled in early, I was very happy that I found a seat. I don't think the employees at the bookstore realized what a big deal Susan Branch is! They seemed surprised at the enthusiasm. She was lovely and gracious. She read from A Fine Romance and she talked a little and then she answered questions. I did not stay and wait in the sign line because I didn't bring my books.
I wanted to take a photo of myself with her but that would have involved waiting a long time in the line, so I did not. I was just pleased to hear her talk and it was apparent that she is very much the person her blog and her books convey. Isn't that nice?
The books are so personal and her work is so careful. I'm really happy that I went. I usually don't do that sort of thing because I avoid driving in the city.
There were no surprises and that's encouraging. She's true and she's probably designated in her mind what is appropriate to share in public (even though she is very open and very real). I'm thankful for her art and her story. I love the visual joy that exudes from the pages of her cookbooks. I am glad she felt compelled to write memoirs. I think she has made a lovely contribution to women who love their homes and take the homemaker calling very seriously. There really isn't anyone else writing books like Susan's.