Every time I meet a photographer, I give that person a detailed list of very specific instructions. In total, this:
1. Only photograph my good side.
So, of course, all the shots after my visit to the Warwick Children’s Book Festival were of the top of my head:
Signing my new book, THE COURAGE TEST.
Reasons to be grateful: I still have hair, right? In truth, I had an inspiring day at the Warwick Children’s Book Festival this past Saturday, 10/8/16. It was a warm, cozy event in a great town filled with good people. I go every year. It’s a two-year-old tradition. Now we’re family.
One of the pleasures for an author at Warwick is getting to briefly chat with friends in the business, “companions of the flame” as H.D. wrote. For example: the effervescent Hazel G Mitchell was my neighbor and it was the first time we had any extended time together; I tracked down my pal Hudson Talbott, whom I respect so much. His new book, FROM WOLF TO WOOF! is flawless, intelligent, extraordinary. I got to linger in the parking lot with Eric Velasquez and London Ladd; drink coffee with Paul Acampora and Lizzy Rockwell; wish good health to the great Wendell Minor; marvel at the wit and new-voice-freshness of Jessica Olien’s fabulous Blobfish book; and on and on. It makes a guy want to buy a book, read a book, write a book.
Plus, best of all, gander this:
I love the chance to meet readers face to face. I’m always especially charmed to meet the sweet, lovely girls who love scary stories.
The readers are what make it. For thirty years, I’ve scrambled to keep this career alive. Here’s the payoff:
THANK YOU, WORLD!
Category: Current Events
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, Hazel G. Mitchell
, Hudson Talbott
, James Preller books
, Jessica Olien
, Lizzy Rockwell
, London Ladd
, poet H.D.
, Preller The Courage Test
, Scary Tales Preller
, The Warwick Children's Book Festival