Fromvisiting Kent Stateto returning to USC.
It began with the drive down freeway. Most people would have been worried about parking, but I wasn't worried because I had these . . .
Yes! Coveted valet parking passes to theLOS ANGELES TIME FESTIVAL OF BOOKS!!!!
This is the second year it's taken place at my alma mater, theUniversity of Southern California. . .
I had five book signings over two days.
Oh, look! It'sD.J. MacHaleof PENDRAGON fame . . .
(That's Australian authorTristan Banckslooking on.)
Hey! Hay! Hey! (I spelled one of those words wrong to see if you were paying attention.) What do John, Dan and I have in common?
Here's a hint:
That's right! We are all represented byJodi Reamer, agent, lawyer, blackbelt. (That's Jodi in the tree.)
Last year, I was on the Target Stage . . .
This year, I was there to cheer on friends. In the Green Room (that's what they call backstage, even though it isn't green), we ran intoTom Anglebergerand his publicistJason Wellsarguing over how to cut the paper to make Origami Yodas . . .
Then, who should wander in, but NERDs authorMichael Buckley. Sadly, he misbehaved, too . . .
I will add though, that Michael was very nice toFatima Ptacek, who voices Dora the Explorer! (She was a HUGE fan of his.)
Peepywas still a bit shaken, not knowing if Michael was serious or not, but luckilyJames Burkswas there to console her. Later,Ken Min(left) and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy creatorBob Boyle(right) joined us to watch James onstage . . .
While we were there, we contributed to an ongoing story for826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring center . . .
Then Peepy and I headed over to the USC Civic Engagement booth. It was near the YA Stage . . .
Dozens of my books were given out for free to kids attending the book fest . . .
What a wonderful day! Stay tuned for the next blog, where we meet more famous authors at the LA TIMES Festival of Books, includingthis year'sNewbery winner.
Um. That's not the Newbery winner, above. That's Peepy's new friend.
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