Huge thanks to Cathy, children’s-YA specialist and events coordinator at Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, for hosting me this week to visit the store and Pasadena schools. Thanks also to Candlewick Press—especially Tracy—for sponsoring/facilitating my trip. Here’s a peek at my adventures!
First up, Pasadena High School, where I had breakfast with students and then spoke formally to a larger group. Special thanks and cheers to Emily Farmer and Ann Caesar of Pasadena ISD!
|It was Superhero Day at the school.
|The students had lots of questions about Diabolical (Jan. ’12)
|I had a kolache for breakfast.
|Students settling in for the presentation.
Then we were off to Pasadena Memorial High School, where I had a spooktacular Sanguini’s style lunch with a small group and, again, spoke more formally to a larger group. Special thanks and cheers to Adrianna Rabile and Jennifer Brabston of Pasadena ISD!
|Lunch featured Gothic-themed decorations.
|Lasagna, bread, and salad were served.
|The small group begins to settle in for lunch.
|I really loved the story tie-in decorations. So awesome!
|It was such an honor to see Tantalize series images brought to life!
|Both events included signings and giveaways.
Having professional librarians—inspiring, ready with reading recs, managing and re-imagining a teen-friendly environment—makes all the difference when it comes to author programming.
I talked to so many teens who’re writers themselves and, because they were so well prepared, I had the opportunity to go deeper in talking about the craft of fiction and the conversation of books over time. I greatly appreciated the enthusiasm, respect, and thoughtful questions/comments of students at both schools. Pasadena teen readers: color me your forever fan!
Later that evening, I spoke and signed books at Blue Willow Book Shop. Here, the crowd is still coming in, but the seats quickly filled. I was so incredibly touched by the support of the local children’s-YA writing and literature community. (Look for kidlit celebrities among the early arrivals.)
Authors, librarians, bloggers, readers and of course booksellers—I appreciate you!
Blue Willow Book Shop is such a fantastic independent bookstore—to work with, to visit, for discovering books and connecting with book lovers. I give it my highest recommendation!
Thanks again and again to Valerie, Cathy and the whole Blue Willow crew!
A more personal highlight of the trip was dinner at author pal Varsha Baja‘s home. Above, she models her latest book, T is for Taj Mahal, illustrated by Robert Crawford (Sleeping Bear, 2011). Note: she’s not only a wonderful writer—she’s a terrific cook, too!