Sunday, January 22, 2012

What a night!

The event at Battenkill Books was my best-attended book event ever. Standing room only, and an hour of reading, conversations, and questions. Folks came from a few states, shook hands, listened politely, and even laughed at my jokes. Jon did a wonderful introduction for me and Connie. I read a bit and talked a bit, and afterword made some new friends. A woman up the road who belongs to the Washington County Draft Association (I didn't even know about them) offered to teach me driving with her Percheron. A teacher from Saratoga just bought a homestead near mine, and we got to say hello to each other. A veterinarian with a Border Collie gave me a truckload (no joke) of Jacobs' wool and introduced me to her red Border Collie in her car (Gibson likes any event with girls). Jim Kunstler gave me a box of pots and pans for the farm. My coworkers brought me pie, and Cathy Daughton brought me sharpies tied up in a bow! Others I am forgetting to mention made the night complete as well. It was almost surreal, to see that amount of folks wanting to hear about my tornado of a dream. Soon as Jon sends some photos I'll post them! If I sound like I am gushing it's because I am. I'm just floored. Thank you all, so much.

And now for my next trick I will feed all the animals, have a glass of wine, and go to bed.

photo by jon katz. I need to hit the juicer, I can see that much.

32 Comments:

OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your event and it was such a success for you AND your hostess. Way to go!

January 22, 2012 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Congratulations, Jenna! Well-deserved!

January 22, 2012 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger farmgirlwanabe said...

congratulations Jenna - hope to get down to Battenkill this smmer - its about a 5 hour drive for us from Ontario - I will be telling all folks I know about you and your blog

you really inspired me - today when I went to pick up my two pork bellies and 7 dozen of farm eggs I talked to the farmer we buy from and he agreed to think about going in with me to buy an italian breed for pork that is supposed to make awesome bacon and lardo (an italian delicacy). reading your blog has made me take the 'horns' and start getting more involved in the farming community around here in preparation for moving to the country at some time in the future - hopefully sooner than later

did youever think of maybe having your books sold at book stores up here in Ontario?

January 22, 2012 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Hey Farmgirl? I think my books are in Canada, they are in Chapters. Just ask your local store to carry it!.

January 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

We are attached to you for the long run Jenna and are so happy you had the turnout you did. Wish I could have been there.

January 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

That sounds awesome - glad to hear it went so well!

Also, Cathy - best gift EVER.

January 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger CallieK said...

Farmgirlwannabe, Thomas Allan is the publishing house that carries Barnheart here in Ontario and it was released in Dec so you should be able to find it or ask for it at any good bookstore.

Where are you located? I'm in Toronto and would love to carpool to a Cold Antler event this year!

January 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger jim said...

tara do you still do you blog-one with deere tractors

January 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Shepherdess Wannabe said...

great for you! i was there in spirit.

January 22, 2012 at 8:20 PM  
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January 22, 2012 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

Bravo, Jenna!

January 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Raining Iguanas said...

Jenna, congratulations on such a great turnout. Your passionate spirit and authentic enthusiasm enveloped that room this afternoon. You are destined for great things.
P.S. Jon caught me with that darn lens too. I'm cutting up some celery sticks as we speak!

January 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Congrats! Definitely a night full of happy memories.

January 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

Congrats, and I'm very happy for you. Passion attracts people! (I blame the fisheye lens, Jenna. ) :-)

January 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM  
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January 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

Glad it went so great! And what awesome friends. Too hard on yourself-You (and Gibson) look awesome.

January 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger bree said...

I'm so happy to read about your successful event. Way to go Jenna!

January 23, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Jenna, you deserve all that, and more! Glad you had a great time.

January 23, 2012 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Congratulations on a successful event. Hopefully there are many, many more to come!

January 23, 2012 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

FYI, I was reading an issue of Grit magazine this weekend, and I saw Barnheart featured in the book section. I couldn't have squealed louder if it was my own book I'd stumbled on. It was like, HEY, I know that author! Or I feel like I do, anyway. :)

January 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Sounds better than a birthday!

January 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Glad it went well. :)

I was excited to read you got new to you pots and pans. It must be telling of something that I'm so excited on your behalf over cookware. lol

January 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

Amazing, I wish I lived anywhere on the East Coast because then I would have been able to go! Glad you had such a good turn out, even without me there! Congrats!

January 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

Congratulations!

January 23, 2012 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Looks like you had a great time. Congrats on a successful party. :)

January 23, 2012 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger kathie said...

Great read! We both finished it this week. Love your writing style,you made me feel as though I was right there. Thank you! Best of luck!

January 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Farm Girl - We're in Ontario too, I ordered my book online from Battenkill but I know when I talked to the people at Chapters/Indigo it was available on their site, or I could order and pay for it at the store :)

Callie K - We're in the Milton area and I would love to carpool too!!

January 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger lasharb said...

Great turn out!!! :) Congrats :) ... PS - stay away from the juicer - a girl needs meat on her bones!

January 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Wish I could have been there, Jenna!

January 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Jenna,

Wish the heck I could have been there. I asked my kids for one Christmas present this year and it was "Barnheart". I'm 3/4 through it and LOVE it! Nice work!

I grew up in Greenwich, and get over that way often. It's a beautiful part of the world. I'm envious! OK OK..I have barnheart.

Scott
Eliot, Maine

January 25, 2012 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Aranea said...

Farmgirl, if you're in the KW area you'll have to order it to get from the store so far. They don't have them right on the shelf :(

January 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Ashley DeMazza said...

Sounds wonderful Jenna! I sure wish I had been there!

Ashley DeMazza

January 29, 2012 at 6:51 AM  

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