It's here; it's here!
One Book 2015 festivities begin his Friday with a night of happiness-inspired music and poetry at Grassroots; there are free exercise classes and health screenings scheduled for Saturday (perfect for the whole family!), plus a documentary-viewing on Sunday of Happy!, a personal favorite. We've got a panel discussion on Monday, and before you think "panel discussion" sounds too boring for words, let me assure you: with a psychiatrist, a yogi, an art therapist, and a priest on board, I think we're all in for a good time.
If you've read The Happiness Project and have all kinds of thoughts spinning around in your head, I hope you'll come to Tuesday's lunch + learn with a discussion led by yours truly. I'm eager to hear all of your thoughts -- good, bad, and ugly -- about the book.
Everything leads up to the Tuesday night lecture with New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin. (Words cannot adequately describe my excitement.) Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online or at the shop.
Look: I know Thomasville is busy this time of year. The weather's gorgeous, and businesses and organizations have planned their event calendars accordingly. It's hard to choose which events and festivals to attend. But his is a big deal for Thomasville. Gretchen Rubin is a big name in the literary world, and the more people who come to events like this, the more events like this we can continue to host. I've poured blood, sweat, and tears into this year's One Book programming, as have countless community partners. I hope you'll make our efforts worth it by supporting at least an event or two as you're able. I promise it will be worth it.
(Confused as to what One Book's all about? Check out the website, but here's the gist: One Book promotes literacy and encourages a love for the written word. To that end, we're asking for folks to donate their gently-used children's/YA books for the Vashti Center and the Thomasville Community Resource Center. Donation boxes will be at each One Book event, and your donation will help put books into the hands of Thomasville kids. What's not to love about that?)
I can't wait to see you around Thomasville this weekend.