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.
Thank you to New York Times Children's Book Review editor, Maria Russo for hosting my visit to the New York Times.
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.
THANK YOU RAINER AND KATHERINE!!
Thank you to my friends and neighbors! And thank you to Ezra and Amanda at Community Bookstore for hosting this huge crowd.
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.
Thank you bbgb books!
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.
Our box of Dory Dory Black Sheep arrived in the mail. Publication date just around the corner, Sept 20!
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.
Here is the update on Mary from Katherine and Rainer:
It was a busy spring finishing up Dory 3, and getting out to schools to share my work with kids. My favorite question came from a first grader at Trevor Day School: "When is Mary's birthday?" a little girl raised her hand to ask me with great seriousness. This sparked rapid plans for Mary's birthday party from other kids...and then comes Mrs. Gobble Gracker, the ultimate party wrecker. This is exactly how the Dory books start -- from kids' ideas -- always better than mine.
Thank you to the wonderful librarians and parents for all extra time it takes to plan these visits.