CL.PulpwoodQueenLogo source go source site cheap creative writing editing for hire for college get link samples of research paper outline coke and viagra does viagra increase duration thesis paper introduction watch see url buy paper napkins uk essay novel see go here http://bookclubofwashington.org/books/ib-tok-essay-sample/14/ source link costco viagra source qualitative dissertation sample http://www.naymz.com/portuguese-homework-help/ levitra rate breasts please do my homework for me cheap masters essay editing sites us flagyl without insurance college application essay length see https://www.dimensionsdance.org/pack/2973-viagra-tablets-india.html best writing paper https://greenechamber.org/blog/essay-topics-on-the-kite-runner/74/ essayer de ne pas rire ou sourir write my college paper affortable Kathy-Murphy-222x222Our thanks to Kathy Murphy, famed founder of the Pulpwood Queens book clubs, for taking time out from her hectic schedule to participate in this Q&A… Five Questions with the Queen! Have a question for the queen? Leave a comment and we’ll get it her way!

1. What is it about BOOKS that brings readers together so brilliantly?

First of all and foremost, it’s sharing our stories.  We are the only animal that shares stories, it’s what makes us human and more humane.  We are educated, enlightened, entertained and you can read all by yourself or with others.

The interesting thing is, if you read by yourself, that’s one dimension. If you share it with your book club that’s another, but when you bring the author into the mix, like we do with our Pulpwood Queen Book Club Selections Authors, you get the three-dimensional picture in full focus.

2. What was your motivation to launch the Pulpwood Queens?

Shortly after opening my Hair Salon/Book Store, (Beauty and the Book), the local book club invited me to join them for a meeting. I thought they invited me to join and be a MEMBER, not!

Evidently, only eight members were allowed to join and as the hostess told me, “Unless someone dies or moves away, that is all that will fit around our table.”

beauty-and-the-bookI was secretly thinking, Who made up that RULE?! Anyway, I went home, sat down, and made a list on what I would do if I started my own book club.  This book club would be inclusive, not exclusive.  We would call ourselves The Pulpwood Queens, “where TIARAS are mandatory and reading OUR good books was the only Rule!”

By wearing the crown we would tell the world that we were “beauty within” queens as we were real readers.  So for nearly 16 years we have been meeting monthly, first with my charter chapter, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas.

Since then we have made the news with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, we kicked off their “READ THIS” Book Club and other radio and print media with now over 580 chapters nationwide and in 15 foreign countries.

3. And what was your motivation to launch your now famous “Girlfriend Weekend?”

Girlfriend Weekend began after my first year, very humbly. I set up tents in the front of my house and shop in woods of East Texas and invited in all the authors we had selected that year. I think we had as many authors as attendees.

Each year the attendance kept doubling so when it got big enough I moved it into town. We will be celebrating our 16th year, January 14 – 17, 2016 in historic Nacogdoches, Texas and we sell out every year.

It’s the book party I would most want to go to and I invite ONLY the authors who are OFFICIALLY our book club selections, past, present, and future. You can get the last remaining packages at www.beautyandthebook.com but do NOTE! Members get a substantial discount so it pays to join The Pulpwood Queens, whose sole mission is to promote authors, books, literacy and reading all while having BIG TIME FUN!

4. What will readers get out of being a chapter and where/how can they hook up with an existing chapter?

Everything pertaining to membership is on our website, www.beautyandthebook.com but the difference our book club has over others is we bring the authors into the picture.  Most of our authors will teleconference, SKYPE or even visit chapters and for sure be featured at our annual Pulpwood Queen Girlfriend Weekend. I know of no other book club where you have this kind of access to the authors.

I also make all the authors participate in ALL EVENTS at our Girlfriend Weekend.  So it’s no secret that Pat Conroy has served Sweet Tea at our Author Dinner, where I make all the authors wait the tables in crazy costumes.  You eat, drink, and the authors even stay in the same hotels and bed and breakfasts.

It’s full immersion into the Wonderful World of the Pulpwood Queens with the Grand Finale being our Great Big Ball of Hair Ball. The theme this year is ONCE UPON A TIME.  All the authors dress up, too, and it’s the ultimate Kodak moment, so bring your cameras BIG TIME!

Ed. Note: To become a member, visit: www.beautyandthebook.com/membership

5. What is Kathy Murphy looking for in a good book? What speaks to you as a reader?

Since my book club is now international here is what I am looking for:

  1. An unknown author, one that is perhaps a first time/first book or one that hasn’t been discovered in a really big way. Yes, I want to pick a big name once in while but only if they can come and be a Keynote at my annual convention which we call Girlfriend Weekend. Example, Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg, John Berendt, Jamie Ford, etc.
  2. This is a given but it must be well written, free of flaws and my book club members do not like to read books with gratuitous violence or language, but I do make exceptions. I selected Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because it was just such a great, well written story.
  3. Most important of all, the book must tell a story that has NOT been heard before or from a perspective that gives the reader a different view of a subject. Examples: The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King, The Dive From Claussen’s Pier by Ann Packer, Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman. Do not send me another queen book set in the south, particularly one that is also a hairdresser. I hold that card, DONE.
  4. I want a book that changes people’s lives for the better. Examples: My Orange Duffel Bag, Same Kind of Different As Me, a book that is discuss-able and that includes book club discussion questions written by the author. My book club hates generated book discussion questions, too literary and not very personal. Authors tend to write questions that they answered.
  5. I really don’t care who publishes a book, a good book is a good read no matter who publishes it.
  6. Last, I want a real book to read, I’m on the computer so much, I want to cuddle with a book in bed!

Several of the WWW tribe will be heading to Kathy’s 2016’s Girlfriend Weekend and we look forward to sharing more about these tiara-wearing, well-read authors and book club members!

Kathy-Murphy-222x222Kathy L. Murphy opened the Only Hair Salon/Bookstore, Beauty and the Book in the country in Jefferson, Texas and in 2000, founded and now operates the 580+ chapter book club, The Pulpwood Queens, nationally and in 15 foreign countries, making it the largest “meeting and discussing” book club in the world. She is the author of “The Pulpwood Queens’ Tiara Wearing, Book Sharing Guide to Life” published by Grand Central Publishing and endorsed by 16 library associations.

Earlier this year, DreamWorks signed on to produce a movie about Kathy, though as she says, ”I did not do this alone and am not an overnight sensation,” Murphy said. “This came about through years of struggle and hard work and the incredible friendship and help of my Pulpwood Queens Book Club members and our authors and the love of my daughters, my sister and family. We — note that I say WE have struck a film deal.”

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16 thoughts on “Five Questions with the Queen: Pulpwood Queens Book Clubs Founder Kathy Murphy Speaks Out!

  • October 13, 2015 at 10:52 am
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    Waves to Kayce and Shari CAC fellows. I love my book club and have been a member for 18 years, but I love the energy of the Pulp Queens. First heard about them from a story on CBS. I love how she started the club. Books should everywhere. Definitely will send Timber Rose.

    • October 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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      Go get ’em… and give us the details on your book club too for our Winner Circle!

  • October 12, 2015 at 8:08 am
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    i would like the address of the pulp queen book club, so i can possibly
    send her a copy of my book true blondes… carol hollenbeck

    • October 12, 2015 at 11:28 am
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      Great, Carol – please view the comment on this thread:

      Submitted on 2015/10/04 at 8:31 pm

      To all the authors reading, I have already made my selections for this year 2015 and they are posted on our Official website, http://www.beautyandthebook.com. Most all of my books have been selected too from January – May 2016 but if you wish to be considered for a Book of the Month or Bonus Book, send your book to me at:
      Kathy L. Murphy
      Beauty and the Book @ The Nail and Hair Shed
      2501 S. FM 2869, Suite B
      Hawkins, Texas 75765
      just know I will be reading for next summer into fall 2016.
      Thanks for the fantabulous feature and all you wonderful comments. Girlfriend Weekend is just about SOLD OUT, only a few packages left. To purchase go to the website and click on Member or Non-Member but do note, if you join you get member’s discount which is substantial.
      Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Pulpwood Queens!

  • October 5, 2015 at 9:57 am
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    I LOVE NACOGDOCHES! I’ve never been there, but my late mother, a painter, discovered it late in life during a painting trip to Natchitoches (the better-known burg to us Louisianians) and had planned to go back … Anyway, you have my book Thanksgiving, Kathy, and I hope to make the Girlfriend Weekend in Nacogdoches with my sister and our mom!

    • October 5, 2015 at 10:00 am
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      Thanks, Mary and even more excited for Girlfriends Weekend now that you’ve told me about Nacogdoches – sounds like the perfect place to “peace out” — may have to bring the art supplies… 🙂

  • October 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm
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    To all the authors reading, I have already made my selections for this year 2015 and they are posted on our Official website, http://www.beautyandthebook.com. Most all of my books have been selected too from January – May 2016 but if you wish to be considered for a Book of the Month or Bonus Book, send your book to me at:
    Kathy L. Murphy
    Beauty and the Book @ The Nail and Hair Shed
    2501 S. FM 2869, Suite B
    Hawkins, Texas 75765
    just know I will be reading for next summer into fall 2016.
    Thanks for the fantabulous feature and all you wonderful comments. Girlfriend Weekend is just about SOLD OUT, only a few packages left. To purchase go to the website and click on Member or Non-Member but do note, if you join you get member’s discount which is substantial.
    Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Pulpwood Queens!

    • October 4, 2015 at 11:44 pm
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      Thanks, Kathy, for filling ’em in w/ the details — goooo, authors! 🙂

  • October 4, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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    What an interesting group and events that have resulted! There’s much to love about a group based on reading books they can enjoy and that change lives without regard for who published them.

    I’m eager to learn more about the Girlfriends Weekend and membership in this tiara-wearing group of avid readers.

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your story. Shari, thanks for introducing us to this amazing group.

    • October 4, 2015 at 11:46 pm
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      Hi Flora! Kathy offered up a comment w/ some more details… meanwhile all of us down Charleston way just trying to stay dry… but it’s getting better!

  • October 4, 2015 at 10:43 am
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    “I want to cuddle with a book in bed! …one that hasn’t been discovered in a really big way.”

    Hello, Kathy…I’m the 77 yr. old author of Expect Trouble, a supernatural thriller wherein the U.S. govt. recruits psychics to locate spies on the East Coast during WWII (http://joannsmithainsworth.com/paranormal-pg.shtml). It was a semi-finalist in First Chapter Contest of the East Texas Writers Guild. The second book of the series releases June 2016.
    Would it be acceptable for me to mail a copy to Beauty and the Book for review and consideration for the discussion calendar or is it too close to Girlfriend Weekend next January to be considered for 2016?

  • October 4, 2015 at 10:02 am
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    OMG – It’s barely 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and after reading this article, I am buzzing before coffee and reaching for my tiara. Holy smokes! I am a Pulpwood Queen and BLUE is destined to be on their reading list! I can feel it in my bones.

    I loved hearing you (Shari) talk about this club at CAC, but now… wow… gotta make this happen. Thoughts? Let me know asap, because I’m packing my bags and going tiara-shopping today! Kathy and her gang are going to love Daisy, Monica, and Izabel (written by this Oklahoma girl transplanted to the PNW). xoxo

    • October 4, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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      Yay! Are you a fellow member? Starting Blue this week – looking forward to reading 🙂

    • October 7, 2015 at 11:13 am
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      Go, Kayce! Go, Blue!
      What a fascinating concept Kathy has created. A real innovator. I wanted a list of chapters!

  • October 4, 2015 at 9:09 am
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    Cannot wait for the Girlfriends Weekend in TEXAS with this amazing lady! (So thrilled to have been chosen to share Center of Gravity with all of Cathy’s fabulous author friends and avid readers!)

    xo, Laura

    • October 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm
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      I saw that Laura – huge congrats! I’ll be there too, along with Bren McClain, and BQB authors Kat Varn and Pattie Hall (Pattie’s book also to be a bonus book in 2016…)

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