Saturday, April 30, 2011

Well *That* Was Awesome.

Did you see that? April just flew by.

A lot of AMAAAAZING school visits (Yes, I'm talking to you, Perkiomen & Purnell, and you too, Conrad Weiser senior AP English) and college and bookstore events. If you're ever in the Washington D.C./Alexandria area, you have to check out Hooray For Books! which is an amazing children's bookstore in Alexandria, VA. Loved my visit there on the 15th of April (Here's a totally awesome recap of that visit by the talented Aaron Pound complete with picture) and was hand sold the most amazing picture book: The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen. The next day, I spoke to the fine people who attended the Bethesda Literary Festival.

I have a lot of pictures from the D.C. trip, but here's one of the innards of a Metro station.

Then, this week was the day we were all waiting for. The Edgar Allen Poe Award banquet in NYC. We were especially excited because we hadn't had a night away from home together without children in 8.5 years, so we didn't waste a minute of it.

Great hotel. Great event. Great people. Great banquet and speakers and no, VERA DIETZ didn't win, but you know what? It really wasn't about winning. Being nominated was an honor I'll always cherish. And who knows? Maybe one day I'll write another book that lands me on the cusp of the mystery genre. For now, I can only thank everyone at MWA and Random House who made that night in NYC possible for us!

Yes, yes. You want pictures. Have at them:
This one thanks to Margery Flax/Matt Peyton Photography:
At the Nominee Banquet
And these thanks to Sara J. Henry:
After the ceremony, on route to bar.

At the bar. Where else?
And NO. None of those pictures show my amazing Darth Vader boots. So here's one more. If you squint and use your imagination, you can see them. I mean, if you're really all that interested in my boots. While you're looking, though, let me tell you who these other fine people are. This is the YA group of nominees.
From left to right: Mary Jane Beaufrand, moi, Jordan Orlando, Charlie Price (the winner!) and Barnabas Miller. (Missing from this picture is fellow nominee Robert Paul Weston.)

BONUS LATE ADD OF BOOT PICTURE. (yes I love boots. So?)

Photo: Matt Peyton Photography

May is about to be just as hectic as April was. Secret project is being postponed over and over due to all these events, but that's okay, because my brain is writing the next YA in my head as time goes on. And you will love it. Until then, though, this spring/summer will be all about editing ASK THE PASSENGERS and gearing up for TWO big national launches for EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS. Yes TWO.

So stay tuned.

If you want to catch me in May, I'll be at the Fleetwood Public Library on the 4th talking libraries and books. Then to one of my FAVORITE EVENTS OF ALL TIME EVER IN THE UNIVERSE The Rochester Teen Book Festival. That's on the 14th of May this year. Free. Lots of amazing authors. Check out the list and GET THERE for a great day of authors, books and fun. Then, as always, I'll be at the annual Backspace Conference in NYC on the 27th of May.

Until then, I'll leave you with this, which I found at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.
One day seven years ago I found myself saying to myself. . . I can’t live where I want to . . . I can’t go where I want to go–I can’t do what I want to . . . I can’t even say what I want to….I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.-Georgia O’Keeffe--1923

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A HUGE Bow of Gratitude

First to everyone who came out to see I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE or THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES last weekend. Thanks to those of you who bought books from my books n' kisses table, I was able to donate $450 to V-Day. V-Day saves girls' lives. So, we just helped them. Rock on. And a huge ROCK IT to the cast and crew. Especially to the V-girls (and boys) who rocked so much, they made me cry. Twice.

Next, to Sonia Manzano--who you may know as Maria from Sesame Street--for talking up PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ in the New York Post. 

Also to Albright College and Kutztown University for inviting me to talk to their amazing students in the last two weeks. (And congrats to the ABA grads I talked to last night at KU. I am so glad you all appreciate when I get riled up about libraries. Because I get riled up about libraries a lot.)


April 15th I will be at Hooray for Books in Alexandria, VA from 6:30-7:30PM. PLEASE come by and see me. 

April 16th I will be speaking at The Bethesda Literary Festival at 2PM at the Bethesda Library.

And BONUS trip to a YALit class at Millersville University on April 19th! Woot! Can't wait. (Or for my other school visits this month, for that matter. Get ready for fun, Perkiomen School and Purnell!)

And I am especially looking forward to my favorite thing of all: SUMMER. Totally. Can't. Wait. Today is pool paint day. Soon, I will be here:

 More soon!
I PROMISE pictures from the Edgar Award ceremony.