We have a very special Zoom set up for May: we'll be discussing A Long Call with author Anne Cleeves joining us from England! This meeting will be at noon on Thursday, May 20th.
Contact Patricia for details.
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Thanks to our good British friend, Zoe Sharp, a Murder Among Friends (MAF) tradition began with her first visit to our fair library: Staking the Cake! When authors come to visit, we like to do special things, and one of them is to get a custom cake made (at our fine local Jewel) that has a design that includes the author and their book's cover.
When Zoe came to visit, she was kind enough to demonstrate some self-defense moves, so we arranged to have a (plastic!!) military knife for our “perp” to use against Zoe. Zoe in turn, used the knife to pretend-cut the cake we made for her! So many people got a kick out of this, that we started offering the photo opportunity to “stake the cake” to all subsequent authors who’ve spent time here with the group.
Our eager Cake Stakers have grown over time, so here's a table to link directly to a specific author's Staking experience!
|Tasha Alexander & Andrew Grant|
|Susan M. Boyer|
|Hank Phillippi Ryan - 2012|
|Hank Phillippi Ryan - 2014|
|Hank Phillippi Ryan - 2017|
|Hank Phillippi Ryan - 2019|
photos courtesy of John Bychowski
and here's a close-up on her design, which included the yellow roses supporting suffrage, and the one red rose (stake target!) that opposed suffrage. The silver gates border is made up of the silver pin design that those who survived the horrors of the workhouse and forced feeding sessions were given by the National Women's Party in 1917.
We were delighted to see that Hank has lost none of her flair for making a Staking of the Cake memorable -- which she did by severing the "Fake" from the "News" at the corner of her cake!
She also got a kick out of seeing that all three of her other Staking efforts were part of this cake's design!