A young reader
Signing with fellow authors Katherine Marsh (The Night Tourist)
Author Laura Krauss Melmed in the foreground, the always busy Judy Schachner beside her, me, and author Tami Lewis Brown (on the other side of the table, in red)
Yes, Judy signed each book this elaborately...plus, she was gracious and funny. Also, she kept sending her long line of customers my way, telling them that OPERATION YES was great. (Thanks, Judy! Thanks, Skippyjon!)
Dueling stacks of Laura Melmed's book, My Love Will Always Be With You
YA authors Katherine Marsh (The Night Tourist)
Oh, so nice, both of them. We practiced our "elevator pitches" on each other. Maggie signed a copy of Shiver to me with the inscription "Operation Wolf," which made me laugh. Plus, I learned that Katherine has written for Rolling Stone Magazine. (Go, Kate!)
Gwen Ifill, being interviewed
What? You want more? I have revisions to finish!
Okay, one funny story: I saw someone I recognized, and my brain instantly categorized her face as: friend, good friend, she must be 'cause you see her a lot, you must know her, you .... oh. Wait. You only know her from TV. That's Leslie Sanchez, political analyst on CNN.
Good thing I didn't follow my first impulse, which was to beam at her and say hey! what are you doing here?