What happens when you get over a dozen LAYAs (Los Angeles young adult authors), lots of free pizza, games, prizes and a crowd of literature-loving Los Angelenos and pack them into an independent bookstore?
Wonderful live music was added . . .
Plus, a roomful of readers (I counted 14,432) . . .
Then the games began. There was "Spell the Author's Name" . . .
And other tests of literary brilliance . . .
In the cutest contestant category, the winner was this young fellow . . .
Later it was time for all the LAYAs to sign their books . . .
Look! Look! Lookit! It's the LAYAs -- aren't we a dignified bunch?
(In no particular order, Lisa Yee (that would be me), Kerry Madden, Cecil Castellucci, Jonathan Bernstein, Michael Reisman, Amy Goldman Koss, Mark London Williams, Sonya Sones, Ben Esch, Heather Tomlinson, Cherry Cheeva, Sally Nemeth, Anna Hays,Sasha Watson, Blake Nelson, Ron Koertge and Scott Bly.)
Oops. Here's how we normally look . . .
Oh! And in honor of Father's Day, CLICK HERE for a wonderful story. I dare you to read it and not get choked up.
To all the dads out there, and especially mine . . . Happy Father's Day!!!
(That's me in high school taking my father to the Daddy/Daughter Dance)