This year's Connecticut Children's Book Fair
was a great day for me. My presentation went well, pretty well attended and with me coming in under the twenty-minute time frame I had been given so that the audience had time to ask questions. Plus my PowerPoint slides were some of the nicest I saw because my computer guy is an artist.
For my signings I was set up between Pegi Deitz Shea
, who I've known for years, and P.W. Catanese
, who, I learned when attending his presentation, has sold over half a million books. Pegi has a new book out Noah Webster, Weaver of Words
, illustrated by Monica Vachula
. Very attractive. And Paul (see, I'm among those people who know the "P" in "P.W." stands for Paul) has a new series, The Book of Umber
did a great presentation about her book Hachiko Waits
. Marc Tyler Nobleman
's talk was terrific, too, especially when he started in on Superman
because who doesn't love Superman?
Remember Janet Lawler
, whom I mentioned back in September
? She is my new B.F.F. We bonded in the green room and then ate dinner together in the evening.
I also met the children's services librarian who maintains Jacket Whys
a blog on Children's and YA book covers. I won't out her by giving her name (though I'm among those people who know it) because she doesn't use it in her "About" section.
Before I left the house yesterday morning, I explained to a family member that I hadn't invited anyone to attend the dinner with me because I didn't want anyone to see how poorly I schmooze. He agreed that it would be a painful thing to watch. However, I pretty much schmoozed all day (except for an hour break late in the afternoon when I did some more reading of Walden
at the library.) I even made it through the forty-five minute pre-dinner cocktail ordeal pretty much unscathed, too.
Oh! Oh! Lois Lowry
ate dinner at the table next to mine! I didn't notice until dessert, though. I had a camera in my bag, and I could have tried to sneak pictures of her, but it would have been tacky. Someone asked me if I could give Lois (I'm not among those people who can call her Lois, but she'll never know.) instructions on how to get back to her hotel, and I offered to give her a ride. But by that time, she'd already left the building. It was just as well, because while I know I could have gotten her there (it was within walking distance of the Dodd Center
, where we ate), it might have taken me a couple of shots to find the right tiny, cramped road to turn onto.
So I left feeling very professional and more positive about work than I have been
, but then...but then...but then I ended up spending an hour and a half or so in a hospital emergency room in the middle of the night with one of the elders!
Where, I am ashamed to say, I read still more of Walden
while he was off having tests. And I read more of it today after we brought him home.
What a wild ride, huh?
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