The holiday rush began with a flurry of November book signings. Lots of Secretariat fans are telling Kate and me that they are buying our book as presents for horse lovers and racing followers. We are happy and honored to hear that!
We kicked off the season by signing at the Holiday Shoppers Fair at the Virginia Historical Society. This is a great event where all the Richmond area museum gift shops come together to offer their wares under one roof. So we got some shopping done too!
Next we gave a talk to a wonderful audience at the Joseph-Beth Bookseller in Fredericksburg. Kate stayed in town to speak the following night at Mary Washington College. We teamed up again at the Barnes & Noble in Charlottesville to do a Q&A session and signing with a large and enthusiastic crowd who was very knowledgeable about Big Red and The Meadow. There are many Charlottesville ties to The Meadow. Howard Gentry, the indispensable farm manager, came from Ellerslie farm and we were thrilled that some of his relatives attended our event.
Then we sped down the road (almost as fast as Big Red) to Richmond for another Barnes & Noble signing that afternoon. Kate flew back to Denver, only to turn around and fly back to Louisville, KY this past weekend for another event with our friends at the beautiful Kentucky Derby Museum. I returned to The Meadow to sign at the Virginia Christmas Market show.
We have lots more book signings coming up in December, including two big events in Ashland where Kate’s grandfather, Chris Chenery, the founder of Meadow Stable, grew up. So check out our updated event section. We hope to see you as we go dashing through the stores!
I had a little chat with Santa at the Virginia Christmas Market when he came over to get a book. He promised me that he would have plenty of copies of “Secretariat’s Meadow” in his knapsack for the holiday season!
Santa and Leeanne Ladin at the Virginia Christmas Market show