May 9, 2015

They laid out the welcome mat in a big way. I was met at the airport and taken to the Holiday Inn where I was staying, and where the booksigning was held — in the Beale St. Suite. The Ladies Day Committee of the Parish of St. Josephine Bakhita, decorated the room beautifully. They created a poster that was prominently displayed on a table and they put out the books and posters that I brought as well. That is where I sat to do the booksigning.

I also brought a few copies of my new release and Fr. Girard bought the first copy. We all laughed at that because as you know that title is Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! – not a title you would want to flash around a man of the cloth. It was too funny.  Folks started buying the books and so I started signing. This segment was supposed to be the last but the speaking part ended up being last. We all went with the flow.

Anyway, I spoke for about 45 minutes to an hour and took questions and answers. I also was fortunate to get someone to take video clips and they did a good job of keeping it pretty focused. Using the tripod helped a lot as well.

May 10, 2015

I got up, ate breakfast, got dressed and packed up my bags for an early checkout because I would be gone and wouldn’t be back in time to do a late checkout so had to take my bags with me. Ida Waters my host and the person who made all this happen, took me to church for the 11:00 am mass. They had a program printed with me as the featured guest speaker. It was called “Mothers…A Light in a Dark World – Evangelizers of Families.”

Father Girard cleared out his speaking time in order to make room for my speech. I was really nervous by then but I left it up to God to get me through it and I did a pretty good job of keeping everybody’s attention. I have no idea how long I spoke. I was supposed to watch Ida to get a signal but somehow I managed to come to a close. The main thing was getting through it and getting the message across. My speech was about Church History and Evangelization, and I have to say that my stories fit exactly into the theme.

After Fr. Gerard Marable finished the Homily I was introduced by Nancy Whatley Griffin. I was told to wear pink and white and I complied. After mass was over, we went downstairs in the basement for a Meet and Greet the Author — yours truly.

I was so humbled and in awe for how they took care of me. They are now my second family and if I am ever in New Jersey, I know where to go.

I am so thankful for Ida Waters coming into my life from the internet. She found my book online and ordered several copies from Barnes and Noble in New Jersey. And that encounter began our relationship. Plus we belong to the Knights of St. Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary in our respective churches. That sealed the relationship.

Book Event Video Clips:

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2 Min Clip Pre-Event:


About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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