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COMINGS & GOINGS: The Rochester Children’s Book Festival, November 16th

I’ve always heard great things about the Rochester Children’s Book Festival, but never got invited. I tried to weasel an invitation a few years back (clever Cynthia DeFelice reference), but that went nowhere. Finally, at last, I wore ’em down. Good thing, too, because I’m hoping to promote my SCARY TALES series as well as, you know, meet some kindred, book-loving spirits. So if you are near the area — a teacher, a librarian, or merely a stalker — please stop by and say hello.

Some of the many authors & illustrators who’ll be there: MJ & Herm Auch, Julie Berry, Michael Buckley, Peter Catalanotto, Bruce Coville, Cynthia DeFelice, Jeff Mack, Daniel Mahoney, Matt McElligott, Linda Sue Park, Matt Phelan, Robin Pulver, Jane Yolen, Paul O. Zelinsky, and more.

Holy crap! What a list of luminaries! My knees are sweating already. I better pack a clean shirt.

I’m looking forward to it, with thanks to my publisher, the kind folks at Macmillan, for putting me up with a family of Armenian immigrants at a nearby trailer park for the weekend. I just hope they remember to roll out the red carpet. Remember, I’ll only eat the blue M & M’s.

Happily, the event places me in close proximity to my oldest son, Nick, who attends Geneseo College. And by “attends” I mean, I certainly hope so!

Over Halloween, he and some friends decided to go as “Dads.” I functioned in an advisory capacity, the content of which he politely ignored. My big idea was to get a Darth Vader helmet and cape, then pull on one of those t-shirts that reads: “WORLD’S GREATEST DAD!”

Because, you know, irony!

Anyway, check it out. Nick is the one in shorts, pulled up white socks, bad mustache, and “Lucky Dad” hat. Hysterical, right?

Lastly, hey, if you happen to be in Elmira, NY, on November 6th, or Richmond, VA, on November 13, you can catch a lively, fast-paced musical based on my book, Jigsaw Jones #12: The Case of the Class Clown.

I did get to see it a few years ago, with a knot of dread in my stomach, and came away relieved and impressed. Everyone involved did a great job and, to be honest, the story is sweet, too.

Here’s the info on Richmond, VA (where, coincidentally, I’ll be visiting middle schools in early December, mostly giving my patented “Bystander/Anti-Bullying/Author ” presentation. Anyway, the info I promised:

Families, elementary schools and preschools are encouraged to make reservations soon for performances of a children’s show.

A 55-minute performance of “Jigsaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown” will be performed at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Civic Hall Performing Arts Center in Richmond.

The show is based on a children’s mystery series written by James Preller. Theodore “Jigsaw” Jones and his friend, Mila, are investigating who’s playing practical jokes. It includes music and humor.

“Jigsaw Jones” is presented by Arts Power, a professional theater company touring the nation.

Admission is $2 per student because a grant from the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation is helping offset the cost for Civic Hall’s Proudly Presenting Series educational programming.

Teachers and chaperones are admitted free.

For Elmira, click here or call: 607-733-5639 x248 (and tell ’em Jimmy sent ya!)

BOOK SIGNING THIS FRIDAY in Sharon, CT with Rebecca Stead, Jeff Mack, Wendell & Florence Minor, Barbara McClintock and More

As I understand it, there’s a book signing that is free and open to the public at 4:30 this Friday. Then at 6:00, there’s a fundraiser for the Hotchkiss Library and that thing’s gonna set you back $30 — but for a good cause.

I might even wear a shirt with actual buttons. Because, you know, it’s Connecticut.

If you are near and stop by, please say hello.

Empire State Book Festival: April 9-10

It’s coming to Albany and — who knows! — maybe it will be fun. I know I’ll be there, signing books (1:45 – 2:45) and participating in  a Panel Discussion, “Get Real,” along with Jan Cheripko, Daphne Grab, Todd Strasser, and Terry Trueman. It’s scheduled for 12:45 – 1:30. According to the Program Guide, this is what we’ll be talking about:

If you are a fan of teen fiction or want to write for young adults, especially books that deal with real issues faced by today’s youth, then you’ll want to listen to our stellar panel of renowned writers of realistic young adult fiction speak about the genre and why they write for this age group. You will be able to hear several approaches to the creation of a YA novel.

The whole enchilada is FREE and anybody can get past the burly bouncers at the front door. Just smile and say you love books.

Seriously, there’s a bazillion programs, exhibitions, children’s activities, and authors up the wazoo (children’s, adult, and otherwise!), including: Joseph Bruchac, Zetta Elliott, Jessica Loy, Eric Luper, Jeff Mack, Gregory Maguire, Coleen Murtagh Paratore, Hudson Talbott, and a long, long, long list more.

Click here for a FREE PROGRAM GUIDE and all your wildest dreams will come true.