Crazy day last Friday, trying to get to my son’s school for an awards ceremony, and then leave on time to get to Cinci for the author’s reception for Books by the Banks. Had just enough time — if there hadn’t been a Reds game going on downtown, and the traffic was sluggish, and it was impossible to find the entrance to my hotel, and once I did find the entrance, I had to circle downwards through several levels of the earth to finally find a parking space. BUT the reception (when I finally made it) was wonderful. I’d never been in the Mercantile Library before. A gorgeous old room with old books so that I felt like I was in a movie set back in time. Had dinner with my writer friend Linda Sanders after the reception. Her book Maggie’s Monkeys is on the Bluegrass Awards masterlist this year — congrats!
Next day — Saturday — headed over to the Duke Energy Center to find out where I’d be sitting. Lucky for me, they put me next to the one-and-only Sharon Draper, who is kind of like a rock star in the kids book world. Sharon and I share the same editor, and while we’ve met and talked briefly over the past couple of years, we’d never spent all day together. And it was just so much fun. I basked in her rock star glow all day, and we traded stories over the tortures our (beloved) editor puts us both through. It’s so nice to know I’m not the only one dearest C tortures! 🙂
Seriously, it was awe-inspiring to get to know Sharon a little better, and to be able to talk to her about her most recent book, Out of My Mind, which is stupendous, and which is sure to be on many a Newbery prediction list.
After Cinci, I rushed back home to see my kiddos, and then it was back to the KY Horse Park for a couple of WEG signings. I will report on that in my next post. But for now, here’s a pic of me and Sharon together at Books by the Banks.
Oh, and one more thing — thanks to all the folks at BBTB, Cinci 2010, for being such terrific hosts. And many thanks to Janice for being my gopher for the day!