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Talking with the Eclectic Book Club of Omaha

On Tuesday, March 16, after a lunch of corned beef and cabbage at the Omaha Field Club, I had the pleasure of visiting with more than sixty members of the Eclectic Book Club of Omaha. (Thank you, Jane, for the invitation!) I gave them a preview of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia,which will be out in September, by reading a few short passages--introducing them to Miss Spivey, handsome Force Cailiff, and the ingenious Theo Boykin, smartest person in Piedmont County--and by talking about how I came to put "Baghdad" and "Georgia" together in my novel. I was surprised to meet more than one member of the club who, like me, was raised in the Midwest in a bicultural household (my father was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; my mother in Gordon, Georgia) and who also spent virtually every vacation of their childhood visiting the relatives in Georgia or Tennessee.
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