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Martha I. Clyburn’s “Why Be Normal?” Will be Exhibited at the 2023 Hong Kong Book Fair

The author penned a memoir about the life and legacy of her late significant other.

San Diego, California – WEBWIRE

“A short easy read, comical, practical and full of little life-lesson gems from the biography of a wise yet simple man.” – Holley C. Hovermale

Martha I. Clyburn’s “Why Be Normal?: Life Lessons from Pine Knot” will be exhibited at the 2023 Hong Kong Book Fair. The event will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Dr, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, this July 19-25, 2023.

“Why Be Normal?” revolves around the life of Bill “Pine Knot” Rector through the eyes and words of his significant other and author, Martha Clyburn. “Why be normal?” was the basic principle that Pine Knot lived his life. Although he was highly intelligent, he presented himself as a country bumpkin. He did this “so people would not bother him asking too many questions.” The country bumpkin persona allowed him to become the unique person people had known him for.

The book recounts the time when Clyburn first encountered “Pine Knot” up to the last days they spent together. People may not be immortal, but their memories are. Clyburn retells a story based on a “not so normal” principle.

“Why Be Normal?” also showcases “Pine Knot’s” writings and jokes that are from stories told in an outlandish way. The quotes from “Pine Knot’s” writings are all with a Southern accent highlighted by country slang and colloquialisms and a touch of Alabama dialect.

Martha I. Clyburn’s book will be displayed by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2023, at their exhibit at booths 1C-B23 and 1C-B25. ReadersMagnet supports the works of independent and self-published authors

Get a copy of Martha I. Clyburn’s “Why Be Normal?: Life Lessons from Pine Knot” on Amazon. Learn more about the author and her works at

“Why Be Normal?: Life Lessons from Pine Knot”
Author| Martha I. Clyburn
Genre| Humor, Memoir
Publisher| Independently published
Published Date| June 25, 2019

Author’s Biography
Martha I. Clyburn worked as a social worker and counselor for many years; this gave her the opportunity to work with people of all ages and conditions encompassing numerous problems. In these positions she learned about the many community services and resources which were available. She researched and designed a Community Services Directory for a county in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. As a writer, photographer, and poet she has published five books, one on the crafts of the Blue Ridge Mountains for use in Adult Education classes; one on the history of Helen, Georgia, The Spirit of Helen – A Trip Through Time in Georgia’s Alpine Village;” Toward Better Days,” a guide for caregivers; Why Be Normal?,” a humorous memoir about Bill (Pine Knott) Rector; “A Little Coffee Table Book,” a photo book to brighten the day.

Martha has had poetry published and has written numerous articles for various publications. She was a former member of the Writers’ Workshop of Asheville, North Carolina and the International Women’s Writing Guild. Her third book, Toward Better Days was written as Inspiration and Information for the Incapacitated and Informal Caregiver. This book is the result of a natural progression from her social services background, her writing experiences, and her personal experiences as a caregiver. The photos and poems included reflect her love of nature, the mountain areas of northern Georgia and North Carolina where she has lived most of her life, and other places and events which have special meaning for her. Martha’s 4th book Why Be Normal?,” is about Bill Rector that is filled with humor and love. Her last book A Little Coffee Table Book is a feel good photo book.

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