Authors Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry talk about their new book, “Pretty Boy Floyd,” at the Borders bookstore in Minnetonka, Minn., on September 29, 1994.
On September 29, 1994, my daughter, Jennifer Burgess, and I made a seven-hour trek from west-central Iowa to the Borders bookstore in Minnetonka, Minn., in order to attend a book reading by authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. McMurtry — the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment, The Last Picture Show and other monumental works — and Ossana, his writing partner, had just published their co-authored novel, Pretty Boy Floyd.
These are a few of the photos I captured that day. A million thanks also are extended to an unknown woman in attendance who used my camera to snap the photo of me with my all-time favorite writer, “Larry Mac” McMurtry. The photo remains displayed on the wall in my home office — just an upward glance away from my computer’s keyboard.
Photos by Jody Ewing
NOTE: Click any image for larger slideshow with photo descriptions.
The event is my sister Kysa’s birthday, held in my 100-year-old home despite major kitchen and dining room renovations (which we completed the following month). That’s the great thing about a large, loving family; they’ll gather to celebrate a birthday or special occasion and somehow overlook the make-shift kitchen counters and yet-to-be refinished hardwood floors poking out beneath a host of mismatched area rugs.
They know what’s important.
Despite my first ever attempt at video recording (on a Digimax camera I received Christmas 2006 from my son Bill and his wife Jen), I managed to put together a short video encompassing the event.
I dedicate this video to my sister Kysa (after all, it was her birthday), and also to my late beloved stepfather, Earl Thelander, who lives on within all our hearts.
An eclectic collection of slideshows and videos I either put together myself … or news reports and/or other stories involving my family, my work, or where one of us was interviewed.
You may either view the stand-alone videos directly on this page by clicking the photos, or click on the hyperlink below any photo to visit the individual page where you’ll still find the video along with any accompanying story or summary.
P.S. There’s still more to come. It just takes time to get them here.