Endings are really just another way of beginning. And as another end looms for me, so another beginning awaits. And very soon.
After more than 10 wonderfully satisfying, fun-filled years as executive director of the Georgia Center for the Book, I am departing for an eagerly anticipated reward: a life and time close to kids and grandkids. Call it a retirement if you like, but to me it’s just the next step on a continuing, memorable journey.
Of course, the Center for the Book has been its own reward in many ways. The opportunity to connect tens of thousands of readers to an amazing variety of writers in my native state over the last decade has been a formidable and consistently delightful challenge. And I’ve gotten paid for it — how lucky is that? To be able to read books for a living, talk about them and share their authors has been an endeavor for which I shall always be grateful.
And I will always be grateful for the many people I have come to know, a lot and a little, in the process. Our paths have crossed frequently, and I have always been the beneficiary of an affectionate support that I cannot begin to repay. Everything that I accomplished would have meant nothing had there been no one there to share it with. Fortunately, there were many, and I thank you all.
I’ve learned lots of things over the last 10 years. Foremost among them has been an unabashed admiration for the gift of public libraries and the dedicated work of librarians. We should all honor them.
So it’s time to hit the road. Lots more thrills and chills ahead. Besides, I hope to have the time now to figure out what it is I really want to do when I grow up.
Blessings to all of you. And thanks, too.