Katie and Claire

Stephanie Hunt

Here’s a Tax Day tip: Get your refund’s worth this Friday at Blue Bicycle Books' Author Series Lunch (wine AND yummy Italian fare) featuring Charleston darling, Katie Crouch. I’ve never met Katie, but my good friend Shirley Hendrix thinks she’s tops, and Shirley is almost always right–especially when she’s dishing out book suggestions, worldly wisdom and general get-your-ass-in-gear advice.


If you don’t take my word that Shirley’s word is on target, here’s more bio info (besides the important pedigree that she grew up in Charleston).


Katie Crouch is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Girls in TrucksMen and Dogsand the Magnolia League series. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Observer, Tin House, Glamour,Slate, the London Guardian, and McSweeney’s. She received her M.F.A. at Columbia University, and was awarded a Sewanee Walter Dakin Fellowship and a MacDowell Fellowship, and her work has been translated into German, Spanish, and Turkish.


I’ll be there (so will Shirley!) and we’re saving you a seat, so make your reservations now via the Blue Bicycle Book site. She’s also reading/speaking at Wando and Porter Gaud this week, so tell your teens to tune in!


And now for something quick and cheery, fitting for Tax Day (and Poetry Month) — a poem by my 11 year old, Claire:



Oh sweet flounder
I will catch you for sure
And then I will eat you my friend