Children’s Signs at the 9/20 Climate Change March

The good folks at The New Yorker, still my favorite magazine after all these years, put together a selection of signs made by children and carried at the September 20th climate change protest in NYC.

Here’s a sampling . . .

The Awesome Genius of BookFaceFriday

I’m not on Twitter. Basically I’m afraid I might like it too much. Lose hours, days, weeks. Scrolling and scrolling. Forget to brush my teeth, stop eating, die. So I’ve stayed away. But I realize that I’m missing out on some clever stuff, and dazzling opportunities for self-promotion and impossible wealth. There’s also probably a lot of things about it that would annoy the heck out of me.

So, whatever, I’m good.

Anyway, I’ve been aware and amused by the BookFace concept for many years. It started as an RecordFace thing, I believe, and the book variation was an obvious outgrowth. At the publication of the new book by my pal Peter Lerangis, I saw this . . . created by the good folks at Blair Memorial Library.

 

. . . and then wandered down the rabbit hole. Here’s a few BookFaces I particularly enjoyed.

Aren’t book people the best?

Of all my books, I can only think of one candidate that could lend itself to the BookFace treatment. Six Innings, anyone?

(Don’t make me beg, people.)

 

 

As always, God bless the interwebs!

Hope to See You Tomorrow at the Warwick Children’s Book Festival!

 

 

Have you ever been to Warwick? What a cool little town. Worth a visit. Been doing this book festival for 4-5 years now. Great scene. Please stop by and say hello. And bring your credit card! Then I’m driving down to an Elks Club in Massapequa, home of the Long Island Lolita, for my 40th Wantagh High School reunion, proud that I still have my original hair.

Among other books, including the new Jigsaw Jones, the new “Big Idea Gang,” and The Courage Test, possibly others, I’ll be signing copies of my brand-spanking-new middle grade thriller, Blood Mountain. So proud of this one.

Pub Day, BLOOD MOUNTAIN!

The long walk is over; today is pub day for Blood Mountain. I stole this next bit from my friend’s blog, author Caroline Starr Rose:

“As always, here are some ways you can help a newly released book:

* Ask your local library to purchase a copy.
* Donate one to your child’s classroom or school.
* Give a book as a birthday or holiday gift.
* Tell others about about the book in person or online (feel free to tag me on Facebook).
* Leave an honest review at Amazon and Goodreads.

A book truly isn’t complete until it belongs to the world.”

Thank you all for the encouragement and support.

BLOOD MOUNTAIN IS A 2019 JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION!

Author Sighting!

And they always said I had a face for radio.

Yet there I was on Saturday, yammering away on KidLit TV at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. Show me a microphone and I will instantly, effortlessly transform into a stammering doofus. Oh well!

Blood Mountain comes out tomorrow! The long road to publication finally ends, and a new long road begins. It never stops. Just keep on keepin’ on. 

I’m interviewed here by Jessie Janowitz, who is a terrific writer. She wrote The Doughnut Fix and her followup, The Doughnut King, just came out. Big talent, great energy, and my friend. Don’t miss her books. Jessie is something special.

Note: I’ll be at the Warwick Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, October 12th. It would be nice to see you!