Friday, May 28, 2010
I had a great time. SLJ's Day of Dialog on Tuesday was packed (both the schedule and attendance) and while I don't think our panel on the difference between graphic novels and picture books actually came up with any answers, we had a good time exploring the question. I also heard most of the steampunk panel--it made me wish the telectroscope was still here. Later I went over to the Egmont offices to meet Elizabeth, and I got to hear and see a fascinating discussion re cover choices for a paperback reprint of one of their novels. My one contribution was "Boys won't touch that." Tuesday night, after a claustrophobic half-hour at the Association of Children's Booksellers reception and art auction (unfortunately, it was too crowded to look at the art), E and I spent the evening watching American Idol and having a Twitchat (Tweetchat?) about children's book reviews. Greg Pincus has the transcript up here.
On Wednesday, I signed ARCs of A Family of Readers at the Candlewick booth, where I actually had a line and we even ran out of copies. Before I started feeling too glamorous, I remembered that the ARCs were, you know, free. But people seemed enthusiastic about the book and Candlewick was very nice to me all around.
Before departing on the Limoliner Thursday afternoon, clutching my newly purchased copy of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, I had a nice visit with Virginia Duncan and Steve Geck at Greenwillow. They are working on this really neat iPhone app based on Donald Crews's Freight Train. Pull the levers! Toot the horn! Feed the animals! It has the same sleek look of the book, now more than thirty years old itself but not at all betraying its age. I suggested they follow it up with On Market Street--lots to push and pull and juggle and jiggle there.
Okay, back to the adventures of Lisbeth. Everybody, have a great weekend.