Just got back from a whirlwind trip to NYC for Teen Book Fest, (where my speaking engagement didn’t exactly go as planned) then Portland, Maine for the Chidlren’s Film Festival (where my speaking engagement went better than planned). But both trips were full of unexpected book & movie-related delights along the way.
Delight #1 – A visit with my publisher. Once again, my lovely editor, Alexandra Cooper, gave me the official Simon & Schuster tour, where I got to meet all of the people in Sales, Marketing, and Publicity who are working hard to make REUNITED a success (presumably, they’re publishing other titles, too).
Delight #2 - Authors & BBQ - Though our Teen Author Fest event didn’t exactly go as planned (insert loud throat-clearing here) I did get to enjoy a wonderful lunch with a gang of great authors including: Leanna Renee Hieber (author of DARKER STILL), Lauren McLaughlin (author of SCORED and the CYCLER series), Kody Keplinger (author of THE DUFF and SHUT OUT), PG Kain, (author of the COMMERCIAL BREAKS series) and Gwendolyn Heasley (author of WHERE I BELONG and the forthcoming A LONG WAY FROM YOU). A definite highlight of my trip!
Delight #3 - While in the East Village with my friend Chuck, we walked by the inspiring & hilarious Janeane Garofalo, who was rocking red leggings and combat boots, like a total bad-ass. No photo, but you get the picture.
Delight #4 - In Portland, ME we always stay with my sister & her family. Recently, my eight-year-old niece created her own in-house library, complete with official library cards, a reference section, and a wide selection of books and videos available for loan. A family library card cost 35 cents. Also, there’s a tip jar.
Delight #5 - This is me, leading a filmmaking workshop at the Children’s Film Fest in Portland, ME. Great kids, well-attended, and I was sooooo happy to see so many girls interested in making movies!
Delight #6 - Kirsten Cappy of Curious City is also based out of Portland, ME and we spent the afternoon eating sushi & scheming with the uber-cool librarian and all-around Renaissance man Michael Whitaker. You can see some of our plans for REUNITED here: http://curiouscitydpw.com/2012/03/28/fictional-band-at-your-library/