PRESS RELEASE: Bringing Bolivar Peninsula to Houston


Bringing Bolivar Peninsula to Houston: Award-Winning Author Georgina Key to Sign Novel of Hope, Resilience at Blue Willow Bookshop

Houston, TX—Local author Georgina Key will be signing her award-winning book, Shiny Bits in Between, on May 21, 2022, at 1 PM at the Blue Willow Bookshop ( in West Houston.

Winner of Best New Voice, Popular Fiction in the 2020 Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards and a Top 5 Finalist in the Author Elite Book Contest, Shiny Bits in Between casts a light on what it means to move forward after a life-changing tragedy. Set in both Houston and Bolivar Peninsula, Shiny Bits is a story of two women who regain their sense of self and hope through their connections with the Bolivar community.

“We’ve all been struggling during the past two years as we navigate our way through this pandemic. Always looking for those shiny bits in between the darkness is what keeps us going,” says Key.

Having relocated from her 1915 home in the historic Houston Heights to Houston’s historic Riverside Terrace neighborhood, Key’s commitment to preserving history through art remains at the forefront of her life. “Our house was built in the 1930s, and it was love at first sight for me. Places and respect for the lives of those who lived there are vital to me as both a writer and a lover of older homes and communities. My books center around this; whether they’re set in a remote community on the Texas Gulf Coast or in a small village in England, I write about places I know and love,” Key says. “Shiny Bits in Between is my love letter to Bolivar Peninsula.”

Blue Willow Bookshop, which will be hosting Key’s book signing, has been a community gem in West Houston since 1996. Named after the “blue willow” china pattern to reflect its comfortable, cozy feel, the bookshop is an intersection where local authors and readers connect.

“We love to connect readers and authors and are happy to welcome Georgina to the shop,” says Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshop.

“Living in COVID put a damper on travel and live events, but we’re back in full force now. It means so much to be sharing my story of resilience and transformation to a public audience for the first time in person. I’m a huge proponent of independent bookstores, and being represented by an independent press, Balance of Seven, it’s even more important to spread the word,” says Key.

For details on the Shiny Bits in Between live reading and signing, visit


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