Day Two, Indiana

After a night at the lovely Arbor Hill B&B in LaPorte, it was on to our first stop of the day in Bremen, formerly the “Mint Capital of the World,” a town where the air was once sweet with the fragrance of the herb. My husband and I enjoyed an hour examining some town artifacts in the Bremen historical society, and then it was on to the library for my afternoon talk.

With Library Director Marsha Patterson and Shelli Kauffman, Adult Services.

With Marsha Patterson and Shelli Kauffman

There I heard yet another possible origin for the word “Hoosier”, having to do with a guy having his ear cut off and someone yelling out: “Who’s ear is this?” The stories just get wilder and wilder. I can’t wait to hear the next version!

Also at the Bremen Library, I spotted a sign that rather took me aback, in the parking lot:

Bremen parking lot: no horses allowed!

Bremen parking lot: no horses allowed!

It’s because the local Amish come to town in their horses and buggies, and the library would like to keep the parking lot clear of horse poop. That I didn’t expect to see.

Next, we headed east, through gorgeous farmland and lush fields, to the town of Angola, way up in the corner of Indiana. Here we’re spending the night in the Potawatomi Inn at Pokagon State Park, courtesy of the Carnegie Public library of Steuben County. My evening event was packed, and quite a few readers asked me to focus on THE BONE GARDEN which seems to be everyone’s favorite book. Since it’s also one of my favorites, it’s such a pleasure to talk about it.

With Dina Ferree of Carnegie Public Library, Steuben County

With Dina Ferree of Carnegie Public Library, Steuben County

Thank you, Barnes and Noble, for coming all the way from Fort Wayne to sell books!

It’s been another great day on the road. Lots of readers, lots of smiles. I hope this inspires other authors to do similar tours across the country

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