And still talking about the sweet side, the daughter of one of the kids that Truus saved was at the meeting! That was so cool. In fact, Meg said that just about everywhere she went on book tour she would meet someone who was connected to those trains. She said it was a pretty humbling experience on several levels.
Here's some more sweet stuff:
1. A couple of weeks ago TLTTL was #4 on the bestseller's list in Canada - behind Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, and Ruth Ware, and ahead of Louise Penny!
2. High schools in Germany and Austria teach classes on the Holocaust while many other countries, including the U.S., do not.
3. Truus kept working to save Jewish children throughout WWII, not just in the months prior to the start of the war.
4. Meg was selected as 1 of 12 female screenwriters who got to attend a workshop sponsored by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. She said it was an amazing opportunity.
Meg Waite Clayton
Meg and daughter of child rescued by Truus
Now that we've gone through the sweet stuff (and VERY sweet it is), I have tell you about the bitter side. Margie Scott Tucker, co-owner of the Books, Inc. chain and the book club leader, is retiring. This book club meeting was her very last. She will not be replaced. I have been to many meetings over the years. And there is nobody that I've ever seen that can run a book club meeting like Margie does/did. Her inside knowledge of the book industry gave the members info that made you feel like the author was there. I know I will miss it a lot. Enjoy that retirement, Margie!
Margie Scott Tucker (with the purse in front of her)