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When Kathy Patrick lost her job as a book sales
representative, she realized she might have to return to
hairdressing to make her living; it was a fallback
profession she had trained for right out of high school.
Since she dreaded giving up books, her sister suggested
Patrick do both: books and hair. The energetic Patrick was
inspired to do just that. In 1999 she opened a small
bookstore beauty shop attached to her home in Jefferson,
Texas. She called the store "Beauty and the Book," and
Patrick soon organized her customers into The Pulpwood
Queens Book Group. Her colossally successful author events
attracted national attention and media, including features
on ABC TV’s Good Morning America, and in Newsweek, Wall
Street Journal, and LA Times. Her beauty shop-bookstore has
expanded and her Pulpwood Queen book club has grown into the
country’s largest meeting and discussing book club, with
over 40 chapters in 7 states. Each January The Pulpwood
Queens gather for a “Girl Friends Weekend,” an event
celebrating books and authors that brings hundreds of women
from all over the country to Jefferson, Texas.
In THE PULPWOOD QUEEN’S TIARA WEARING BOOK BEARING GUIDE TO
LIFE Patrick shares her inspirational story, describing how
her love of books changed her life, and allowed her to
travel to places she never dreamt possible. The book also
encourages others to follow their dreams.
Awards and Special Recognition...
James Patterson Pageturner Awards Honoree
Photography by Marla Keith