Greg Leitich Smith launched Chronal Engine (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) on Saturday with a party at BookPeople in Austin, followed by a reception here at the house. The novel is about three kids who go back to the age of the dinosaurs to rescue their sister and solve a family mystery.
A fair amount of prep work goes into such an event–shopping….
Finally the big day arrives! Greg decided to do an author presentation and signing. For the full scoop on that portion of the day, see Chronal Engine Launch Week Recap & Party Photos (including dino cookies by author Anne Bustard, a Chronal Engine cake from Greg’s Clarion editor Daniel Nayeri, who’s an author himself, and more reception pics, too) from GregLSBlog.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to be in two places at once. While Greg was at the bookstore, I was busy with final setup and working with the catering team from Whole Foods.
Decorating the table with banana leaves.
Moving the sculpture to the mantle.
Setting up the buffet.
Hooray for Whole Foods staff! (I don’t believe in letting guests into the kitchen.)
We had leftover shrimp and pinwheels, plus just a few eggs.
Passed hors d’oeuvres were mini pinwheels (an assortment of bite-size pinwheels of carne asada, grilled vegetable and roasted turkey with fig spread on a variety of colorful tortillas) and traditional deviled eggs garnished with fresh Italian parsley.
The buffet included vegetable crudites with red pepper ranch dressing; large shrimp poached in a court-bouillon and served with a choice of traditional cocktail sauce or
spicy gazpacho sauce, along with fresh lemons, limes and dill; smoky miniature cowboy meatballs (fresh ground natural beef, cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapenos baked in a savory barbecue sauce); continental fruit and cheese display (peak season fruits paired with cheddar, Jarlsberg, Havarti and Gruyere cheeses, served with baguette and crackers); roasted tomato and thyme pissaladiere (seasonal roasted tomatoes on top of flaky puff pastry dough with caramelized onion-garlic puree and Kalamata olives); garden paradise sushi (avocado rolls, cucumber rolls, carrot rolls and dragon vegetarian rolls) and an assortment of berries, dried fruits, pretzels, sandwich cream cookies and more–all coated with rich chocolate.)
We hosted about 100 people at the house. The bookstore had an even bigger crowd, and Chronal Engine was a sell out title that day! Folks in attendance included young readers, parents, grandparents, authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, and university professors of youth literature. Guests came from all points in Texas (Houston, College Station and San Antonio) and from as far away as Nashville and New York City!
Thanks to all who pitched in to make both events such a success!
Congratulations to Greg on his new release!
Cat not included.
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