News from Italy by abby hanlon

Dory Fantasmagory was celebrated at the Turin Book Fair in May.  The book was winner of the PREMIO ORBIL, an award in fiction, given by the Association of Italian Independent Bookshops. My Italian editor, Guilia Rizzo, was there to accept the award.  

Dory #3 launched in Italy at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.  Here is the fabulous Giulia Rizzo, posing with Dory at the fair. 

And the book was reviewed in the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica. Here it is!

NCTE/Atlanta by abby hanlon

I was invited to speak at NCTE in Atlanta last weekend.  NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) gathers 6,000 teachers, literacy advocates and authors from around the country for three days of collaboration and learning. I did a terrible job at taking photographs, but I met so many awesome teachers and fellow authors.  Here are the two panels I participated in, both led by librarian Mary Ann Scheuer who blogs at Great Kid Books :

The highlight of the trip was that I got to attend a beautiful talk given by my idol, Kevin Henkes and his long time editor Viriginia Duncan at Greenwillow Books. The talk which Kevin entitled Bird In My Mind was about the complexity of a child's inner world and the unique ways kids have of seeing.  

I was just barely brave enough to introduce myself at the end and give Kevin a copy of Dory. In an industry that can feel so noisy and self promotional, Kevin Henkes' gentle and quiet spirit inspires me more than anything else. 

Highlights Foundation retreat by abby hanlon

I spent three days in the woods with some very talented authors and illustrators.  Top (holding Ashley's bear: Selina Alko, Lauren Castillo, Julia Sarcone-Roach, Denise Fleming. Bottom: Leslie Margolis, Julia Denos, me, and Ashley Wolff.

The Highlights Foundation (Honesdale, PA) has workshops for children's book authors and illustrators, but we signed up for an "Unworkshop," so we all worked on our own stuff and came together for meals and walks in the woods. It was really inspiring being around this kind of intense creative energy and getting a glimpse into each person's process. I'm so grateful to be part of this supportive community of women. 

Selina Alko and Lauren Castillo 

Selina Alko and Lauren Castillo 

With Julia Sarcone-Roach

With Julia Sarcone-Roach

And more photos by abby hanlon

Thank you to my friends and neighbors! And thank you to Ezra and Amanda at Community Bookstore for hosting this huge crowd. 

Mrs. Gobble Gracker cake quickly gobbled up. 

Mrs. Gobble Gracker cake quickly gobbled up. 

The Unger family 

The Unger family 

Day 3: Austin, Texas by abby hanlon

With Emily Echols, super librarian at St. Francis (with lots of beautiful black sheep behind us.) 

With Emily Echols, super librarian at St. Francis (with lots of beautiful black sheep behind us.) 

With Jill Bailey, Penguin Young Readers sales rep and Ellen Greene from Book People. 

With Jill Bailey, Penguin Young Readers sales rep and Ellen Greene from Book People. 

WIth the extraordinary Bonnie Lang, librarian at Doss Elementary. Please notice SHE IS WEARING A MRS. GOBBLE GRACKER BUN!  And a homemade "Fantasmagory" t-shirt. 

WIth the extraordinary Bonnie Lang, librarian at Doss Elementary. Please notice SHE IS WEARING A MRS. GOBBLE GRACKER BUN!  And a homemade "Fantasmagory" t-shirt. 

WIth the library crew and their Mrs. Gobble Gracker buns.   The enthusiasm and love for Dory at this school was truly beyond belief.    

WIth the library crew and their Mrs. Gobble Gracker buns.   The enthusiasm and love for Dory at this school was truly beyond belief.  

 

Three hundred kids wearing crowns they made for the event. Each kid wrote "Fantasmagory" on their crown. 

Three hundred kids wearing crowns they made for the event. Each kid wrote "Fantasmagory" on their crown. 

Day 2: Southern Pines, North Carolina by abby hanlon

All 125 second graders at Southern Pines Primary School received a copy of Dory Dory Black Sheep -- a gift from the Literacy Fundraising Committee at the Southern Pines Rotary Club.  The other adults in the picture are Angie Tally from The Country Bookshop who applied for the grant and Sue Bruton from the Southern Pines Rotary Club.  I was hugely honored to be a part of this enormous gift.  

All 125 second graders at Southern Pines Primary School received a copy of Dory Dory Black Sheep -- a gift from the Literacy Fundraising Committee at the Southern Pines Rotary Club.  The other adults in the picture are Angie Tally from The Country Bookshop who applied for the grant and Sue Bruton from the Southern Pines Rotary Club.  I was hugely honored to be a part of this enormous gift.  

And look who came to The Country Bookshop!!!! Thank you Katherine and Rainer for bringing these characters to life.  What a terrific surprise for everyone. It was a thrill to meet such creative and devoted fans of the Dory series. 

And look who came to The Country Bookshop!!!! Thank you Katherine and Rainer for bringing these characters to life.  What a terrific surprise for everyone. It was a thrill to meet such creative and devoted fans of the Dory series. 

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Book Tour Day 1: Richmond Virginia by abby hanlon

Dory Dory Black Sheep is out.  I had 13 events in 5 cities in a week!  I met some unbelievably wonderful booksellers, librarians, teachers and a few thousand kids along the way.  Thank you to the people who made this trip happen: my editor, Lucia Monfried, my publicist Bridget Hartzler, and booksellers Jill Stefanovich and Jenesse Evertson at bbgb books, Angie Tally at the Country Bookshop, Ellen Greene at Book People (with a special thank you to Topher Bradfield) and Linda Sherman-Nurick at Cellar Door Books. 

At St. Michael's Episcopal school, the kids made their own imaginary friends.  "The Death of Blood" friend really jumped out at me. 

At St. Michael's Episcopal school, the kids made their own imaginary friends.  "The Death of Blood" friend really jumped out at me. 

The lovely second grade girls at St. Catherine's Lower School. 

The lovely second grade girls at St. Catherine's Lower School. 

Why don't I have my arm around this incredible woman!? This is Carol, the beloved librarian at St. Michaels. 

Why don't I have my arm around this incredible woman!? This is Carol, the beloved librarian at St. Michaels. 

With Jill Stefanovich.

With Jill Stefanovich.

Thank you bbgb books! 

Roald Dahl Day, Saturday, Sept 17 by abby hanlon

In honor of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, I will be at Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus reading from Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Sat. Sept 17th, reading at 1:00. 

More info about the event here

And for more Wondercrump Weekend events around the country to celebrate Roald Dahl click here.  

Ample HIlls, 305 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY

On September 17th, our Gowanus location is hosting a party to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! Part of the nationwide Wondercrump Weekend-- this party will include a sundae bar, Dream Jar game, dress-up and crafts corners, and readings from Mara Wilson (star of the movie Matilda and debut author of Where Am I Now?), Paul Griffin (When Friendship Followed Me Home, Burning Blue), Abby Hanlon (Ralph Tells a Story), and John Marciano Bemelmans (the Madelineseries). Mark your calendars! 12-4pm at our Gowanus shop | 305 Nevins Street.

 

 

 

 

Dory in Italy by abby hanlon

Dory FANTASMAGORICA came out in May in Italy. It is published by Terre di mezzo Editore based in Milan. I didn't get to go to Italy, but it looks like they didn't need me. Look at the wonderful launch they created! Thank you to editor Giulia Rizzo for so much support and enthusiasm for Dory.