Our local newspaper featured my new book, SUGAR AND ICE, in this morning’s edition. The reviewer wrote, "Kate Messner plucked the best of the North Country and plunked it between the pages of her new novel, Sugar and Ice, published by Walker & Company." I love that line because setting is important to me, and I’m so happy that people who share Claire’s landscape are recognizing those details and smiling. The full article is here.
And the timing is good…because I’m doing my last 2010 event for SUGAR AND ICE this afternoon…at the Skating Club of the Adirondacks Holiday Extravaganza!
Our local skating club kids have been working hard on their routines, choreographed to holiday music that’s had me singing along all week. They’re cheerful, talented, and awesome — and they skate today at 4:30 at the Plattsburgh State Field House. I’m doing a fundraiser book signing before and after the show; all proceeds go to the skating club. If you’re planning to come, admission is $4 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for a family, and that includes the show, refreshments, and public skating with free skate rentals after the show.
This signing is a special one for me because much of SUGAR AND ICE was written in the bleachers of this rink while my daughter skated. These were the kids who read my drafts, corrected me when my characters planted their toe picks at the wrong time, and shared their thoughts on the early cover sketches to make sure our cover skater rang true to skaters themselves. They are fantastic people as well as talented skaters…and I’m so excited for their show today!