|Look who greeted me upon my arrival|
to War Memorial Plaza
for the Southern Festival of Books
in Nashville, TN
They must have known Operation Yes was coming.
|At LEAD Academy, |
talking about military families, writing books, and saying YES
|Books sales, my kryptonite|
|They had both my books in stock.|
And my panel on Contemporary Military Families in Fiction
went really well. I was happy.
|Books by my co-presenter, Dana Reinhardt|
including her novel, The Things a Brother Knows.
My husband absconded with my copy,
and just texted me his review:
|Me with authors Dana Reinhardt and Louis Sachar|
|Jon Sciescka was in the house,|
talking up Spaceheadz and Guys Read.
I didn't get to meet him again, but I did sit in his
chair! He had been eating breakfast
with Tom Angleberger, author of Origami Yoda . . .
|and then I sat down with Tom,|
so you know the magic in the chair totally rubbed off on me, right?
Tom also asked if he could snap a quick picture of me reading for this project for a librarian friend. (Click one of those map pins in Tennessee, and you'll see a pic of me, a book, and a biscuit.)
|See that name? Lauren Kate? |
In a former life, she was my editor at HarperCollins.
She was the reason Letters From Rapunzel was pulled from the slush and became a real book.
| What a total pleasure to see her again, meet her husband, |
and have her meet mine, and to rejoice in her great success.
|Me and Lauren|
I also got to catch the end of Deborah Wiles reading from Countdown.
I cannot wait to read this!
|I had time to duck into the gorgeous|
downtown Nashville Public Library
|Maps of Nashville|
|Check out the macarons at Provence,|
the cafe adjacent to the library.
I had one lemon and one chocolate. Mmmmm.
|You know it was a Southern Festival|
because the author hospitality bags contained
mini MoonPies and Jack Daniels.
|"Atticus Finch for Chief Justice" t-shirts|
|Monuments to Music|
All in all, a spectacular weekend. Thank you, Nashville, and the Southern Festival of Books. Truly a class act.