September 4-6, 2009

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The AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical

Kathy Patrick

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Kathy L. Patrick is the author of The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life, the official book of the Pulpwood Queens—“where tiaras are mandatory and reading good books are the rule!

The book celebrates the transformative power of reading and is a resource for book clubs and book lovers everywhere.

When the licensed cosmetologist turned publisher’s rep lost her job because of industry cutbacks, she wasn’t deterred. Months later, she opened Beauty and the Book, the world’s only combination beauty salon/bookstore. Customers flocked to the store for her dual beauty/book tips, Patrick soon founded The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. The group meets monthly in official Pulpwood Queens attire — anything that includes hot pink, leopard print and the obligatory tiara — to eat, drink and talk books. In The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life, she shares her life story on how books have changed her life, how she chooses selections for the Pulpwood Queens and how to start a book group—and keep it going.

The Pulpwood Queens have now franchised into 34 chapters nationwide and the numbers are rapidly growing. They have been featured on “Good Morning America,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show“ and have also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek.

The comparable woman-centric The Red Hat Society was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has sold close to 365,000 copies to date.

Book clubs are hotter than ever, and The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life is ripe with book suggestions, stories, and anecdotes. The Pulpwood Queens’ mission is to promote literacy and reading in America. Visit their Web site at

Kathy L. Patrick lives just outside historic Jefferson, TX, with her husband, Jay, and daughters, Helaina and Madeleine.

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