Two kinds of SNOW news today!
First of all…it snowed in the Adirondacks Saturday night, so my drive down Interstate 87 to the Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls, NY was stunning — blazing red, orange, and yellow fall foliage, mixed with sugar-snow mountaintops in the distance. I arrived at the book fair content that the views alone were worth the two-hour drive. It was icing on the cake when the Dog Ate My Homework Bookstore sold out of SPITFIRE and then went on to sell a bunch of my backup copies, too. I loved signing books and chatting with all the kids, teachers, history lovers, and librarians who stopped by my table. Truth be told, though, I had two favorite guests…
And so did the lady who stood by my table for a while, looking down at the cover of the book. Finally, she spoke.
“You know, they made a movie of that book,” she said, pointing to it.
“Well, no,” I told her, “They didn’t, actually. This is a new book.”
“Yes, they did,” she insisted.
“Well, maybe they made a movie of another book with the same title,” I said. “That could be…”
“Nope,” she said, tapping the cover of SPITFIRE again. “It was that one. Katherine Hepburn starred in it. She was great.”
How about that?? I am honored, to say the least.
I was solo for this book festival, since it was a long day for the family, so I don’t have my usual photo album, but here are a couple pictures.
Here’s my table (minus me…taking the photo). This was a HUGE book festival. Imagine 120 setups like this. That’s how many authors were there!
And here I am with Joseph Bruchac, an author whose work has inspired me for a long time. Joe was kind enough to read SPITFIRE before it was a book and say the nice things about it that are now printed on the back cover. It was great to have his new books signed for J and E at today’s festival.
And there’s more SNOW news…. Robert’s Snow: For Cancer’s Cure officially kicks off this week! You can visit the participating bloggers listed below to read all about the children’s book illustrators who have donated their time and talents to create incredible, original, wooden snowflake ornaments to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. You can bid on your favorite snowflake, knowing that the funds raised will help to fight cancer. On Saturday, members of my middle school writers club and I will feature Judy Schachner, creator of the amazing SKIPPYJON JONES series! You’ll even have a chance to win a signed copy of one of her books and a SKIPPYJON JONES doll! Be sure to stop by on Saturday to meet Judy and see her incredible snowflake.
Here’s a schedule for the rest of this week’s illustrator features & interviews:
Monday, October 15
- Randy Cecil at ChatRabbit
- Michelle Chang at The Longstockings
- Kevin Hawkes at Cynthia Lord’s Journal
- Barbara Lehman at The Excelsior File
- Grace Lin at In the Pages
Tuesday, October 16
- Selina Alko at Brooklyn Arden
- Scott Bakal at Wild Rose Reader
- Alexandra Boiger at Paradise Found
- Paige Keiser at Your Neighborhood Librarian
- Janet Stevens at The Miss Rumphius Effect
Wednesday, October 17
- Rick Chrustowski at laurasalas
- Diane DeGroat at Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup
- Ilene Richard at Something Different Every Day
- Brie Spangler at Lectitans
- Don Tate at The Silver Lining
Thursday, October 18
- Brooke Dyer at Bookshelves of Doom
- D.B. Johnson at Lessons from the Tortoise
- Erin Eitter Kono at Sam Riddleburger
- Sherry Rogers at A Life in Books
- Jennifer Thermes at Through the Studio Door
Friday, October 19
- Graeme Base at Just One More Book
- Denise Fleming at MotherReader
- Jeff Mack at AmoXcalli
- Jeff Newman at A Year of Reading
- Ruth Sanderson at Book Moot
Saturday, October 20
- Linas Alsenas at A Wrung Sponge
- Theresa Brandon at The Shady Glade
- Karen Katz at Whimsy Books
- Judy Schachner right here at Kate’s Book Blog!
- Sally Vitsky at Shelf Elf: read, write, rave
Sunday, October 21