Join Us for an Author-Teacher Run/Jog/Walk at NCTE!

Will you be at NCTE in Boston next week?

If so, and if you’d like go get in a little exercise and fresh air with friends, I hope you’ll join us for the First Annual Author-Teacher Run/Jog/Walk at NCTE! (I’m being optimistic with that “first annual” part, but hope springs eternal, right?)

Here’s your official invitation:

Who’s Invited? Teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, editors, and other publishing folks and readers who want to get a little exercise and cavort with one another before getting down to business at NCTE on Saturday.

What: A fun, casual 2.3 mile run/jog/walk with fellow book lovers

When: Saturday, November 23 – Meet between 6:45 and 6:55 am – Depart at 7am sharp!

Where: In front of the entrance to the Sheraton near Prudential Center. There’s a brick colored walkway between two trees at entrance at the corner of Dalton & Belvedere. That’s where we’ll meet!


The wonderful author-runner Erin Dionne has planned a route that takes us through the Public Garden and crosses the Boston Marathon finish line!


Why: Because exercise and sunshine are good when you’ve been traveling and breathing hotel/conference center air. Also, because authors love teachers and vice versa. We’ll have fun, I promise.

My school/library publicists at Bloomsbury will be joining us as walkers, and they’ve added an extra incentive for you to wake up early. The first 25 people who show up at my Bloomsbury signing on Sunday with a photo of themselves at the author-teacher run will get a FREE copy of WAKE UP MISSING. The same deal holds true for Erin Soderberg’s signing of THE QUIRKS on Saturday afternoon.

Please know that runners/joggers/walkers of ALL ability levels are welcome. We have running authors and walking authors. None of us run super-fast; we’re talking 10-13 minute miles, mostly. (If you run faster, you can totally join us, too. We’ll give you a route map and there’s no need to wait for us. 🙂

I hope you’ll consider setting that alarm a little early to run or walk with us. And now…I’m excited to introduce your running/walking buddies!

Julie Berry, author of ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME



Erin Downing (Erin Soderberg), author of THE QUIRKS series  – Be one of the first 25 people to show a photo of yourself at the run to get a free book at Erin’s signing at the Bloomsbury booth #818 from 2:30-3:30 on Saturday.

Ammi-Joan Paquette, author of RULES FOR GHOSTING and PARADOX

And me. I’m Kate Messner…just in case you stumbled on the blog and said,”Wait…who is this?” 

I’ll be signing these books at NCTE:

HIDE AND SEEK at Scholastic Booth #1018 from 3-4pm Friday

OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW, SEA MONSTER’S FIRST DAY, and SEA MONSTER AND THE BOSSY FISH  at Chronicle Books Booth 1007 from 4-5pm Saturday

WAKE UP MISSING and EYE OF THE STORM at Bloomsbury Booth 818 from 10-11am Sunday(Be one of the first 25 people to show up at this signing with a photo of yourself from the morning run, and you’ll get a free copy of WAKE UP MISSING!)

Authors/Illustrators: If you want to join us and know for sure you’ll be there, let me know if you’d like to be added to this invitation!

Teachers-Librarians-Readers: You don’t need to RSVP to join us – you can just show up. But if you think you’ll probably be there, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment to let me know. Hope to see some of you bright & early Saturday morning at NCTE!

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  1. Posted November 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Please, please, please make this an annual event! I can’t make it to Boston but I will definitely be there in D.C. next year.

  2. Lesley
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    I’ll try to be there! Got a busy weekend planned! :~)

  3. Shana
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea! I’ll be joining you all for this run, and I can’t wait!

  4. Terje
    Posted November 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I wish I was there. This sounds wonderful. I hope that you will have the best weather possible. I know it is going to be fun no matter the weather.

  5. Posted November 15, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    How much fun! You are awesome.

  6. Jen Vincent (@mentor
    Posted November 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I was doing really great with my running all summer but haven’t run since September! We’ll see how I do but sounds like fun!

  7. Christina J
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    This sounds great! I’ll be there with 3 of my colleagues. Thanks for organizing!

  8. Louisa P
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    I hope to make it as well!

  9. Colby Sharp
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    This is a very early run the night after the Nerdy Book Club NCTE party, but cannot imagine missing this run. 92% chance that I’ll be there.

  10. Julie Jee
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to it!

  11. Posted November 18, 2013 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    What a terrific idea…I’ll be there God willing and the creek don’t rise

  12. Posted November 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Going to try to make it!

  13. Louisa
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I seem to be double booked… Run and ALAN breakfast. I hope to figure it out! This is a great idea!

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