Perhaps it was in the Â Oxford American I first discovered Harrison Scott Key’s work, or maybe it was on his (late but great) blog, but I do remember that right away, I knew I had found a writer I loved.
No syrupy sweetness or trite romances, no dull plot lines or angry rants. Harrison Scott Key writes sharp-witted, deeply insightful, funny stories. He’s a boy version of Fannie Flagg, in a non-fiction sort of way. That’s high praise, considering I LITERALLY FELL OUT OF BED laughing at Fannie Flagg’s book one night. Harrison Scott Key is that kind of fun. (I’m so tempted to add “in bed” here – you know, in a literary sort of way).
And guess where he’s going to be this Saturday? Right here in Fairhope! A mere $5 ticket will get you in the door to hear Harrison (or like me, does he have two names – Harrison Scott?) speak and have him autograph your book. With the purchase of a ticket, you’ll get $5 off your book, so hey . . . it’s a deal, honey!
“The World’s Largest Man” is the heartwarming story of Harrison, a rather shy child who was raised by his manly-man, larger than life father. The story follows his bumpy path of growing up in the South and finding the unexpected goodness in both family and place.
I was seriously cracking up before I ever even started the book. The dedication page alone was enough to make me stop, get up off my bohunkus, walk through the house and read it aloud to my husband:
“For my wife and also my lover, who have the pleasure of being the exact same person, and who hates it when I call her “my lover,” so I do it a lot, because I have a disease that makes me say it.”
Here’s the cutie-pie Key family. Now that he’s a father, HSK has great insight on the tough and rewarding Â job.
If you are in the Fairhope area, make sure you come out this Saturday to Page and Palette to hear Harrison Scott Key. If you aren’t from around these parts, make sure you get a copy of “The World’s Largest Man” for your very own. It’s the kind of book you won’t loan to anyone because you know you won’t get it back.
Here’s Harrison’s entire tour scheduleÂ (tip- Atlanta and Birmingham, you’re up real quick-like, so take note, and New York friends, he’s going to be in your neck of the woods too!).
That family picture is the best!! Those are parents who clearly let their kids express their true selves. Love, love, love the face on the little girl in the yellow hat. I’ve never read anything by Harrison Scott Key but that snippet from the dedication has lured me in!
I agree that the photo is so adorable! Great photography and a fun family to go along with the fun!
I’m putting it on my reading list now! Love his family photo!!!
I wish I could come out Saturday…If his writing reminded you of Fannie Flagg, then he sounds like someone I would love. I’m wondering what the back story is on that family photo. The items on the plates. What do they mean?
Mike and I are going Saturday night – so excited. We love living in Fairhope and having all of these great events offered to us!
Isn’t it amazing we get to see major authors like the kids in the big cities? Hope to see you there!
That sounds like a book that is right up my alley, I’ll be getting a copy as soon as I can!
You can read it while lounging in your beautiful garden!
Sounds like the perfect book for my Summer reading. Thanks for the introduction.
Let me know how you like it!
Since I also love Fannie Flagg this is a sure sign with your high praise that I would love this author! Sounds like a fun event and a deal too!
Have fun………..Hope to hear how it goes.
So wish you could be here. You’d love him!