During 2010, retired kindergarten teacher Sharon Feldt and her lawyer husband John moved to Sulphur Springs and as a newcomer wanting to meet people, Sharon started a book club in her home. She hoped to pattern the group after the one written about in the book “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”. She definitely feels that her wish has come true. Although Sharon is a published writer and busy secretary to her husband’s law practice, her favorite pastime is playing host to friends who love to read, talk and eat! Book club meetings are generally held on the second-Tuesday of each month and include book reviews, a buffet of tasty, healthy snacks, lots of laughter and frequently a show-and-tell.
Ten members were present at the July meeting. Among them were Linda Johnson who brought along a collection of older to vintage books written by Southern authors, and Jo Ann Cross who showed a couple of her original quilted wall hangings. Others members and guests attending were Minzie Chase, Pat Lawrence, Sarah Smith, SuNell Comfort, Cathy Bonner, Charlotte McDowell, and Enola Gay. Among books reviewed were “Delta Wedding” Eudora Welty 1946, and “Isaac’s Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History””Erik Larson 2000 about the 1900 Galveston storm, and “Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century” Peter Graham 2013, a work is based on a true story involving Anne Perry, author of historical detective fiction, who as a fifteen-year-old was convicted of murder and served a prison term. Generally, members read anything they like. Even instruction manuals, decorating magazines and seed catalogs make interesting reports! Popular types of reading include purchased best-sellers, while others members are library patrons, read by Kindle or listen to audio books.
The Bright Star Literary Society was formed by two members of the Bright Star Quilt Guild, Sharon Feldt and Wilma Moss along with newspaper journalist Terry Mathews. The charter membership includes Jo Ann Cross and Pat Lawrence, and today there are over 20 members in the reading group.