Sorry, I promise I will stop until tomorrow. I just have so many people I want to talk about and sadly, this one is actually Black History. I hosted Gloria Naylor as a guest speaker at a college I worked for. I’m not even sure where I was even working at the time. I used to be a reading specialist at several colleges. I remember hearing that she was A LOT from the guy that picked her up from the airport. She was TOUGH.
I was once again starstruck. I am way more into authors than movie stars. She. was. a. presence. Again, I had read all her books. Linden Hills, The Women of Brewster Place, Bailey’s Cafe, Mama Day… And I had them all with me when I met her. I took a whole entire pile of books up to ask her to sign. I don’t remember why but I was onstage. I don’t think I introduced her, but I was definitely on stage with her when I asked her to sign. She told me that she only signed for children. BUT, since I was a professor, she would. She was a bit arrogant and intimidating. But apparently, she liked me and my paperback books. (Hey professors don’t all make a lot of money!) She signed them all. I got lucky.
All of her books are about the strength of women. I strongly recommend that you check them out. She was from what I observed a very strong woman in a time that women were not seen in that way. I remember mostly that something went on with her car ride to the college. She was irritated about something. I forget the whole story. But there was some sort of “don’t piss her off vibe” involved. So me sauntering up with multiple books I wanted her to sign was not wise. lol. I think my sheer audacity is why she agreed to do it.
Okay, now we have me caught up to the third. I will really have to try hard to narrow it down to only 25 more. Okay, I am all caught up now. I have 25 more days to honor someone who is important to me. It’s going to be hard to narrow it down. Thanks for reading.