Last night Greg and I had the spooky fun of hosting an Austin Youth Lit Social for advanced writers of children’s and YA fiction and creative non-fiction.
First the stage was set…
We served pizzas from Rounders Pizzeria on 6th Street (17 of them–sausage and mushroom, pepperoni and mushroom, chicken and green peppers, and mushroom, green peppers, and onion), a large fruit platter and small veggie platter from Central Market, and sugar cookies–“scaredy cats and broken bats,” brought by author Anne Bustard, along with candy apples, brought by 2008 debut author Shana Burg!
Highlights included a group toast to National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt, from nearby College Station. Many of the attendees had taken classes and workshops from Kathi over the years. Read a Cynsations interview with Kathi on The Underneath (Atheneum, 2008).
Seasonal attire was optional, though I’m seriously considering requiring it in the future. Ha!
I’ll give y’all a peek at the festivities with the caveat that I’m only naming non-industry guests of guests if having been given permission to do so.
Brian, 2008 debut picture book author-illustrator Emma Virjan; author-illustrator Frances Hill; and YA author Varian Johnson, who’s also a Vermont College MFA student. Read a Cynsations interview with Varian. The lady in white behind Brian was the lovely daughter of author Betty X. Davis.
Author Chris Barton of Bartography fame with his charming wife.
Author Betty X. Davis as Cinderella (before the transformation) with her magical daughter (and fairy godmother). Awaiting glass slippers perhaps?
The crowd in the sunroom includes about 2/3 of writer-illustrator Debbie Dunn (a recent graduate of the Vermont College MFA program) along with author Erin Edwards, Blooming Tree intern Rebecca Leach, Blooming Tree/CBAY editor Madeline Smoot, and Shana.
Here’s a better picture of Debbie with Austin SCBWI founder Meredith Davis, cloaked in a spiderweb.
Author Carmen Oliver, recent Vermont College graduate Debbie Gonzales, and author Donna Bowman Bratton. Don’t miss: “A Study of Voice as Demonstrated in The Genre of the Sports Novel” with Debbie Gonzales from Austin SCBWI at 11 a.m. Oct. 18 at Barnes & Noble Westlake (Texas).
Donna and Erin with YA author Thomas Pendleton (AKA Lee Thomas), Blooming Tree publisher Miriam Hees, and her son Bradford Hees, who’s the Editorial Director of Blooming Tree Adult and Ready Blade Graphic Novels. Read Cynsations interviews with Thomas and Miriam.
Jody with 2008 debut author P.J. “Tricia” Hoover. Jody and Tricia are both members of the Class of 2k8. Note: Celebrate the release of The Forgotten Worlds Book 1: The Emerald Tablet by P.J. Hoover (Blooming Tree/CBAY, 2008) at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at BookPeople!
Thanks so much to all who attended, and thanks to all of you in the kidlitosphere who took a few moments to share in our spooky cheer!