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Upcoming Events


July 9: Arts Festival, Harlan County Mall, Harlan, KY. Books available from Margaret Bailey.

July 26: Book Group Talk, Linda Miller, Richmond, VA.

October 15: Lewisburg Study Group, Lewisburg Methodist Church, 325 West Church Street, Lewisburg, TN. 10 a.m.

October 18: E. G. Fisher Public Library, Athens, TN, MAP. Noon Book Discussion.

October 18: Union Ave. Bookstore, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN. Book reading and signing, 6 p.m.

October 19:
Jefferson City Public Library, 1427 Russell Avenue, Jefferson City, TN. Noon Book Discussion.


“Readers may well find themselves touched in the same way they are by Little House on the Prairie or A Death in the Family. I found myself recalling Tennyson’s elegiac lament: ‘So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.’ This is a lovely book that brings a real person and her times fully to life.“—Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

“Despite Sara's death, this is not a sad book. Instead the author paints an unforgettable portrait of a young woman who did not always do what was expected of her but whose attitude was not one of rebellion; instead, Sara was optimistic, curious and possessed of an unusual sense of freedom for a young woman of her time and place. . . . Finding Sara is replete with the geography of Appalachian Tennessee and Kentucky as well as the inner geography of a family.” —Louisville Courier-Journal

“The very ordinariness of Sara’s life makes it emblematic and strangely enthralling. We return to a world without indoor plumbing or central heating, where one traveled by bus or train and communicated by mail rather than expensive and unreliable long distance. But this was also a world of close-knit communities, families who together canned the crops they harvested, played parlor games for amusement and attended church religiously.” —Lexington Herald-Leader

“Edds drew on many letters to learn more about her mother—and in the process learned how her mother’s death had repercussions in succeeding generations. Finding Sara is the touching but stringently unsentimental account of her experiences.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Through the legacy of her correspondence, the love story of Sara’s courtship with the author’s father emerges, as well as stories of marriage, motherhood and the bond of family, all illuminated poignantly against the author’s own story of surviving loss.” —Style Weekly Magazine

“Finding Sara is an epistolary biography, woven from letters, documents and family photographs. This is not just a personal journey but also a glimpse into a Southern woman’s life during the Depression and World War II.”—Richmond Magazine


Past Events


Jan. 19: Book group talk, Richmond.

January 20: Book talk, Dinwiddie Public Library, 14103 Boydton Plank Rd., Dinwiddie, VA. 7 p.m. MAP

Jan. 28: Book People local authors signing, 536 Granite Avenue, Richmond, 6-8 p.m. MAP

March 6: Soup and Soul book talk, Richmond. 6:30-9 p.m www.thechrysalisgroup.com

March 23: East Beach Writers’ Group, Norfolk.

April 28: Book Group Talk, Linda Parris, Knoxville, TN

April 30: Lee County Public Library, Book talk and signing, 539 Joslyn Ave., Pennington Gap, VA. MAP

May 6: Honorary Chair, Museum District Mother’s Day House Tour, Richmond, VA



January 29-31: Baltimore Yearly Meeting Regional Quaker Women’s Retreat. Workshop on (Re)Discovering Your Mother. Skycroft Conference Center, Maryland.

February 2: Book Release Party at Fountain Books, 1312 East Cary Street, Richmond, 6:30 p.m.

February 12: Friends of the Library (Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin Street) First Friday Book Talk, downtown library, 7 p.m. MAP

February 20: Speaking at the Charlottesville Northside Library in conjunction with "The Big Read" of Virginia. An Expendable Man and Finding Sara. 2 p.m., 300 Albemarle Square, Charlottesville, VA. MAP

February 24: Book reading followed by signing at Prince Books, 109 E. Main St., Norfolk. 11:30-1 p.m. MAP

February 27: Book reading followed by signing at Page After Page Books, 111 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. 1-3 p.m. MAP

March 9: Harlan County Historical Society book talk, Lynch-Cumberland, KY, Kentucky Coal Mining Museum. Central
Benham opposite the inn. 7 p.m. MAP

March 17:
Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville. Speaker for kickoff event at noon on March 17, Central Library of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA. Panel, “Twentieth Century Lives: Growing Up in America,” 4 p.m., City Council Chambers.

April 17: Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Panel, “Sharing Their Story,” Noon, Carroll Knicely Conference Center. Bowling Green, KY. MAP

April 27: Book talk on Finding Sara at the Library of Virginia, downtown Richmond, VA. 12 pm. MAP

May 1: Book Signing, Barnes & Noble, Libbie Place, 5501 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA. 2-4 p.m. MAP
May 13:
Book talk and reception at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3135 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD. 6 p.m. MAP

May 27: Book Group Talk, Richmond.
June 9: Book Group Talk, Richmond.
June 17: Book talk, Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting, Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel, Virginia Beach. 3 -4 p.m.

July 5: Book group talk, Harpers Ferry, WV.

Sept. 28: “Books Alive” book talk at the Northumberland County Public Library, Heathsville, 7 p.m. MAP

October 8: James River Writers Festival, Library of Virginia, Richmond. Panelist, “Memoir” (1 -2 p.m.) and “Writing the South” (2:15 – 3:15 p.m.)

October 9: Southern Festival of the Book, Nashville, TN.

October 16: Luncheon speaker for Alpha Delta Kappa, educators honorary society, Westwood County Club, Richmond.

 October 17: Book Group Talk, Richmond.

October 25: Book Group Talk, Richmond.

Nov. 13: Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort, KY.

Nov. 16:
Manakin Episcopal Church, Midlothian, Book group talk, 5 p.m.

Nov. 17: Westminster Canterbury Retirement Community, Richmond, Book talk, 2-3 p.m.

Nov. 18: Westminster Canterbury, Richmond, Book signing, 2-4 p.m.
Thanks! Margaret


“A jewel of a book…a loving and honest memoir. I loved every line of this book and reading it really took me home.”
Linda Scott DeRosier, author of Songs of Life and Grace, Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year