I had planned to write a post today about my recent visit with a Nashville book club.  But then I woke to find that Shelf Awareness had featured a fabulous update on the effort to put books back in the classrooms in both Ringgold Middle and Ringgold High Schools after April’s devastating tornado.

Two students were killed and the town was destroyed.  Several of us formed a small group, called RINGGOLD READS, and we have found hope and healing in books.  On this hot and humid and wonderful Friday morning in the South, it just felt much more important to share this with you.

Click here to read this beautifully-written article by Shelf Awareness columnist, ROBERT GRAY!

Note: My first novel, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, was set in Ringgold.  The Chow Time, the actual dairy bar in town, was also destroyed.

Posted August 19, 2011 at 6:34 am · 1 comment · Leave a Comment


  1. Becky Brothers, August 24th, 2011, 2:09 pm

    What a masterful job! So impressed with the effort (AND the results)! It's amazing what books can do for the soul in times like this.

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