Jalynn Whittymore wrote the following post about the Novel Conversations Speaker Program and Greg Schwipps visit to the Scott County Public Library. The program invited schools and libraries to host a speaker from among the winners and finalists in the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award program of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation. Greg Schwipps is a native Hoosier and author of What This River Keeps. For more information on the speakers program and a list of remaining appearances click here.
I read What This River Keeps in February for the Crothersville Library Book Club. I really liked the novel and we had a very good discussion. When I asked Nancy Conner for the book for the Scott County book clubs; alas, it was reserved for several months ahead. She had a wonderful consolation offer, though. Would we like the author, Greg Schwipps, for an author visit? We would! We applied! We were accepted!
On June 20, Greg was the program for a combined meeting of the Lexington Ladies and Scottsburg Library Book Clubs. Also in attendance were members of the Crothersville Club and the local Writers’ Workshop. Greg read excerpts from his book for about 25 minutes; then took questions from the audience. Wonderful discussion——-it helped that we had received copies of the book a month in advance so many had read it. Greg received both praise and criticism and was most gracious throughout. “The difficulty of getting published” was the other topic of special interest.
The librarians finally had to shove us out the door. We went a half-hour past closing time.
I would highly recommend Greg Schwipps for anyone’s next author visit. He was warm, engaging, funny, and truly appreciative of our efforts to give him an opportunity to talk about his favorite subjects——–southern Indiana and “What This River Keeps”.