Monday, September 9, 2013

Susan Branch Book Signing

I set my alarm for 5:45 a.m. Saturday morning, September 7th.  I picked my friend up at 7:45 a.m. to travel 161 miles to Walker, Michigan [near Grand Rapids, on the western side of the state]. Susan Branch was coming to town for a book signing of her newest book, A Fine Romance. 

The book signing began at 11:00 a.m. at Schuler's Book Store on Alpine Avenue.  

We pulled into the parking lot at 10:00 a.m., and went into the store to get our signing ticket number, before going next door to a women's fashion store while waiting for the book signing to begin.   I was #33 and my friend was #34.

Bookstore display.

As we walked to my car to deposit my friend's purchases, I visually scanned the parking lot in search of Susan's 'Fine Romance' van, and found it.  There was time for a picture, so we walked over never dreaming Susan and Joe would be sitting inside.  They were just getting ready to exit to go inside the store, so we got to be their 'unofficial' greeters! [Actually I think they had already been in the store earlier and left to get a bite to eat, so we really weren't the first ones to greet them.] Susan said it was her first time to visit Michigan, and Grand Rapids was the only Michigan stop on her cross-country book tour.

Below is Joe re-parking the 'Fine Romance' van in a front-row parking space.

What a cool van!  You could never forget where you parked!

Everything was set-up for the book signing in a conference area of the book store.

 Petey came to the book signing too! 

Before Susan started signing books there was a question and answer time.

Not everyone could fit inside the area, but it was an open-concept design, so those outside could still see and hear Susan.

Joe graciously allowed me to take his picture during the question and answer period.

I don't know how many books Susan signed, but it was enough to give her writer's cramp!

My turn to get my book signed.

Many attendees wanted their picture taken with Susan, including me!  Susan and I are the same age. She just lost 20 lbs., and makes me want to do likewise.  Discipline! Discipline! I need to make her Gazpacho recipe instead of my scone recipe!

Below is my tea-loving friend, Linda, who went to the book signing with me [we missed you, Lori!].

For all of you tea lovers, Susan is coming out with an adorable tea tin and her two favorite blends of tea soon.  Read about it on her blog here.  

When we left Grand Rapids we headed for East Lansing in hopes of going to Wanderer's Teahouse and Cafe on Grand River Avenue across from the Michigan State University campus. All the parking lots were full due to a Michigan State football game, so we had to park on a side street and walk to the teahouse. We were disappointed to discover it had closed because the owner took a job in Texas.  We ended up at a near-by Taco Bell instead. The fast-food establishment was a definite contrast to a tranquil tea establishment!

[Photo courtesy of Detroit Tea Examiner]

Once at home, I excitedly began reading my new book until my eyes got heavy. What a wonderful day meeting Susan Branch and Joe Hall [she goes by the professional name she began her career with] and acquiring her new book.   If you don't have it, go to her website and order one today.  You won't be disappointed.  It's perfect reading with a cup of tea!


  1. How wonderful that you got to meet Susan and Joe! I've been reading about this book on her blog, and am looking forward to getting a copy.

  2. Aren't Susan and Joe just wonderful? They are so happy to meet all of their fans and have something nice to say to everybody.

    We met them last week in Hudson, Ohio and they was greeted by a big crowd of well wishers here as well. Love the book too, but am rationing it as I have my afternoon tea everyday.

    Have a happy day, Phyllis!


    Mary Jane

  3. After reading about Susan's book on another blog and seeing it advertised in Victoria magazine, I tried to get it at our Chapters book store but the lady said it probably isn't available here yet since there was no listing.
    Your outing and photos look like fun.

  4. Oh how lovely!I wish She would come to S. CA.,I don't think I could get anyone to drive Me that far though as You drove.Wonderful post I so enjoyed.I'm glad I dropped by.Thank You for the fun.Denise

  5. Judith sent me over... so much fun! I can see the joy all over your face!

  6. What a fun day you had! Too bad about the tearoom closing! So glad you are back blogging! I missed you!


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