(Note to Dear Readers: I am aware that there are a scary amount of typoos and grammatical errors, more than normal, in this blog. But I am jet lagged. That's my excuse.)
How does that work? Well, we had just hada wonderful dayat the Brooklyn Book Festival, and then it was time for EATING FOOD WITH LITERARY PEOPLE.
Let's start with multi-Caldecott-ian winnerPaul O. Zelinsky. He's the newestSCBWI board member. (I'm on the board, too.) Paul and I both suffer from memory loss, and we couldn't remember if we had ever met before. However, that did not stop him from treating his favoirte Peep to coffee and a muffin!
It was Cheryl's birthday the day before soPeepybought her a handmade mug!!!
Arthur also had a present for me . . .
Yes! A sock monkey. Eons ago when I was writingMILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS(which just celebrated its 9th birthday), I was convinced that I could not write without a sock monkey. (Don't you hate when that happens?) So Arthur sent me an imaginary one.
The next day it was lunch with authorPhil Blinderand editor/authorKevin Lewis. I met them at their loft, and Kaniss, their puppy greeted Peepy. Um, for a while it looked like we might stage a remake of THE HUNGER GAMES . . .
Everyone survived, and we went on to have a great meal! Speedy Romeos. (That's the name of the restaurant -- and/or the two guys.)
Dinner with my agent was that night. I gave myself plenty of time to get lost -- something I can count on happening when in NY.
I got to Koi, the restaurant not the fish, almost two hours early. So that gave me time to go to the library and wander around the area . . .
Then we admired the rest of the Children's library . . .
There was still time before our dinner, so we hung out at Bryan Park, where there appeared to be a mass hoe down happening, and other stuff, too . . .
When we last saw Jodi, we werein jail at Disneyland. . .
Later, we hopped onour space shuttle. . .
(CLICK HERE.if the video above is invisible.
We were headed to Sioux Falls for the South Dakota Festival of Books. But I'll tell you all about that next blog.
In the meantime, since we're being all authorly and agently and editorly (but clearly not proofreaderly), I want to tell all the published authors out there about this . . .
A couple of years ago, I wrote a letter to Alan Silberberg when he was selected as the Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence. He went on to win the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, something I won in 2004 when I was the first recipient.
Later,Donna Gephartwent on to be selected at the Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence. She also won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award.
And then after that, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy was selected as the Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence, and then won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award. No wait, that hasn't happened yet, but here are some of theother authorswho lived in James Thurber's home.
Here's what happened whenI had lunch-sort-of-maybe-kinda with Colin Firth . . .
Oops. Sorry for that Darcy digression. Anyway, if you are a published children's book author and would like to be considered for the Writer-in-Residence position,CLICK HEREfor more information.
Here's the letter I wrote to Alan, re-engineered for the next Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence . . .
Dear YOUR NAME HERE,
Congratulations on being named this year'sThurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence. I remember when I gotthe call. It was sooooo exciting! I can't believe that last year at this time I was living in Thurber House. I just know your residency is going to be great.
Since you asked (okay, you didn't, but I'm going to do this anyway), here are some helpfulhintssuggestionsthings to make the most of your month living inJames Thurber's childhood home:
The house is TOTALLY cool . . .
(That's me and my friendJulia deVillers. If you have a friend visit you, Thurber House rules are that you must wear matching outfits at all times.)
Feel free to explore and soak up the atmosphere. You get your own swell two-bedroom apartment in the attic where thebed fellon James's father--AND therest of the house(which is a museum during the day) is all yours at night!
(Above:James Thurber'sroom where James and I wrote, though not at the same time)
Beware of the (friendly)ghost. . .
Don't go running. You may fall flat on your face and end up in the hospital looking like a color palatte . . .
Get ready for enthusiasticThurber writing campauthors . . .
(Ummm . . . it took us a while to figure out the screen, but once that was up, we really got going!)
Walk around town (don't run) and take in the sights. There'sart everywhere!. . .
The ColumbusMain Branchis only a couple blocks away . . .
If you can catch a ride, check out the award-winningWorthington Libraries. . .
So then. If you are a published children's author, or know of one,check this out. Maybe you (or they) be the next Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence.
Oh, and speaking of books, my friend Mike Jung just had his first-ever launch party!!! You can see/hear about itHERE!
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