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Meeting Rita Leganski- The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

rita leganskiRita Leganski, author of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, came to Lemuria Books last Friday, the 12th to sign books and read/talk about The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. As I watched her sign books that people had ordered and for the store- we talked about her book tour trip of the South. On her tour, Rita has been in New Orleans, Fairhope, AL, Oxford, MS and Jackson, MS. She talked of how she enjoyed each stop- meeting people, hearing about what “Bonaventure” meant to them. When Rita was in Oxford, she was a part of the Thacker Mountain Radio show- which is a pretty cool thing!

As I listened to Rita talk, I thought of how interesting a person she was. She was in her 40’s when she went to college, she’s now written a wonderfully imaginative book- my first “magical realism” type book to read- and it was a treat! Rita’s personality is open, nice, and she’s got a way with words that I just adored.

One person had asked her to inscribe the book with her favorite quote when she ordered it from Lemuria- and she laughed and put it aside for a few minutes since she said she’d have to think about what her favorite quote was. As she signed other books, a smile came to her face, and she picked the book up to write her favorite quote- and here it is: “Lord knows, nobody understand where love come from if not from inside a mystery- Trinidad” (page 293 of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow). As she signed, I asked about next book plans. Rita let me know that she had ideas, thoughts for another book- but as far as a definite plan- it was still in the early stages.

Rita also gave me an insider look into the publishing world- while I knew there were editors, and other people to read the work- what I did not know was how specific it is. With her writing about the Catholic church, there was a copy-editor who read the book and made suggestions such as- at this time frame/era, this would not have been the particular wording or this could not have happened like this- and when she wrote of the Baptist church and had a quote from the Bible- another copy-editor let her know that in the Bible she needed to be quoting from, the wording would be slightly different.  Which I just found this all fascinating- I knew it took many people to get the book from idea to print- but it’s really like a village of people.  Now as I think about a book, I’m reminded of the statement “It takes a village to raise a child”, and that’s how I feel about a book now- “It takes a village to publish a book.”

We spoke of different things about The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, how some characters were  not in the book originally, how she had changed things in her revision process. Listening to her, after reading the book- I’m glad she made the changes- because while I think The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow would have been great either way- I liked the changes Rita made from her original manuscript.

Me and Rita

Me and Rita

Me and Rita with The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

Me and Rita with The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

Thanks to Rita Leganski for the fun time and to Lemuria Books for hosting a great event.

My review of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow: Traveling With T’s review of The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

 

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11 thoughts on “Meeting Rita Leganski- The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

    • It had to be your book because it was just 1 person who requested that as far as I knew! What a great idea! She was so funny- she was all “my favorite quote?!” “I’ve got to think about this!”
      I hate you weren’t able to come! Hopefully soon we’ll be able to meet.

  1. So nice that you got to meet her! I have been recommending that book to everyone I talk to. I really loved it. That was a great line from Trinidad! I wonder if she is making her way to the northeast at all? NJ?

    • That’s so great! I think it’s a great book! And she was beyond nice 🙂 I’m not sure if she’s got a northeast tour planned- but hopefully she will- so you can meet her! If I hear of anything about a NE tour, I’ll let you know!

  2. Yay! I love meeting authors whose books have made an big impression on me. It is such a treat and an inspiration to learn about the novel’s backstory and the author’s writing process. I absolutely loved this book and I’m way jealous that you got to meet her! Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re welcome! Hallie- you would have loved meeting Rita. I could have just listened to her talk for hours. I hope one day you’ll be able to meet her- because she’s delighful, informative and so nice!

    • You’re welcome! Hallie- you would have loved meeting Rita. I could have just listened to her talk for hours. I hope one day you’ll be able to meet her- because she’s delighful, informative and so nice!

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