As with any wait, this one has come to an end. My book is in print and I have received my first copy! It all happened much faster than I expected after I gave my final okay to the corrected, typeset version. Within days I received a picture of the cover . . .

And then two weeks later, the notice that my author copies were on the way. As has happened with each step of this process, it snuck up on me. I was in the middle of cooking supper to take to our friends, thinking about how to pack the food for our drive across town when Wayne came in with the mail. There it was. A package from Wipf and Stock.

I kept on with my work. Somehow opening such a momentous package with my apron on and wooden spoon in hand didn’t seem right. Instead, I texted my friend that our meal was turning into a bigger event than I had planned, reassuring her that no, there weren’t additional people coming.

Before we ate, I opened the package . . .

and we all admired the crisp new book.

The next afternoon my sister and cousin came to have the planned opening which had to be reenacted along with the Prosecco (acted, not reenacted) that had been waiting in the fridge for the occasion. This time, without a meal hovering in the background, I read them a chapter.

“Every morning Grandma combed my hair . . . I seated myself on her tall kitchen stool next to the washbowl and waited.” (photo, DJW)

My sister brought Andes mints to celebrate the occasion, but only after they left did I discover my cousin’s “card” lying on the kitchen counter. A cucumber that had turned itself into a C especially for the occasion. What more propitious action could I have wished for?

If you are eager to begin reading right away the book is available at Amazon here, Barnes & Noble here, and Wipf and Stock here.

Stay tuned for a book launching event, yet to be planned.

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  1. Annetta Miller on August 11, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Congratulations, Kathie! I can’t wait to buy a copy!

  2. sk on August 11, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    What a beautiful cover. Such fun!

  3. Ruby Lehman on August 11, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    This is great news, Kathie. I look forward to reading the book!!! –Aunt Ruby

  4. Eunice Wenger on August 11, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Kathie, you have earned this glorious moment of celebration. I’m proud of your perseverance.

    I will order a copy. Wade would like to read it on kindle. Would that be possible?


  5. Linda G. on August 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Congratulations, Kathie! How exciting!

  6. kathiekurtz on August 11, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you, Eunice! My understanding is that it takes a bit longer for the Kindle edition to come out, but it will. I’ll try to let you know, but you can also keep checking. I am somewhat scatterbrained these days.

  7. WenLo Maust on August 11, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Congratulations, Kathie!! I can’t wait to read it – my copy is ordered!

  8. kathiekurtz on August 11, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks, Lois! I hope you can smile at that little first grader with the hard-cooked egg!

  9. Debbie Trowbridge on August 12, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Congratulations, Kathie! This must feel so good! I would love to read your book. 💖

  10. kathiekurtz on August 12, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Thanks, Debbie! It does feel like an accomplishment to have this project of many years finally be a book I can hold in my hands. I hope you enjoy it.

  11. willowoak520 on August 16, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Way to go! I look forward to holding it in my hands–in its put together form rather than chapter-by-chapter!

  12. kathiekurtz on August 16, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    I hope that day arrives very soon! It should, according to my understanding.

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