Hubby and I drove two hours through rush hour traffic on a weeknight to be there.
A little more than a year ago, Steve Watkins, Julia Durango and I judged the Golden Kite Awards. We read through 450 books . . .
And ultimately chose Ruta's Between Shades of Gray as the winner of the Golden Kite Award.
Not to be confused with that masterpiece of literature, Fifty Shades of Gray. Even though Ruta's book does start with: They took me in my nightgown.
Here's a blurb about the book: Fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas is arrested by the Soviet secret police and deported to Siberia with her mother and younger brother. Lina fights for her life, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her complete story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Lina’s writings chronicle her experience, her struggle to accept help from a kind Soviet guard she’s supposed to hate, and retain her dignity without losing faith in mankind.
Between Shades of Gray has been published in 41 countries.
So, when Ruta's follow up, Out of the Easy, came out, I had to get it.
And when I found out Ruta would be at Books & Books at the beginning of her 10-week tour, I had to get there.
She was worth the trip!
Ruta gave the best author/book talk I've heard at a bookstore. Her stories were fascinating, funny and harrowing. They involved American idol, being in a prison camp and spending a day with a mafia boss. Her personality is warm and genuine. And she stayed until every last question was answered and every book signed.
I'm an even bigger fan now!
|Donna & Ruta Sepetys at Books and Books|
Ruta's tour will take her to many places in the United States, London, Paris, several locations in Lithuania and she will be speaking to the European Parliament!
Here's her touring schedule. If you get a chance to see Ruta speak, don't miss it!