|one of the many great schools I visited!|
So it's been a whirlwind week, with more active weather coming! I was in California visiting schools and stores--Mrs. Dalloway's in Berekely, Lindentree Books in Los Altos, the Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Children's Book World in LA--of course, all to promote my new book, When the Sea Turned to Silver (just in case you didn't know). It was super fun! The only reason why I don't have more photos of any of the events is because I was too busy!
But people came out to the bookstore events and it was a thrill! Authors are always scared to death of presenting to empty chairs, I'm very, very grateful that most of mine were filled:
And on the third day of my travels, I was informed that When the Sea Turned to Silver is a National Book Award Finalist! EEKS! The winner will be announced at the ceremony in November--cross (double-cross) your fingers for me!!
|the great folks at the Bookshop Santa Cruz helped me celebrate with cupcakes!|
But I had to rush from the balmy CA weather to Boston (arriving after midnight!) so that I could prepare for my big launch party at Porter Square Books!
Since we don't live in the area anymore, we had to camp and prep at a local airbnb. There was a lot of prep:
|even Rain Dragon helped stuff goodie bags!|
|I admit I am listing these things so they might make you come to the next one!|
And after stuffing about a hundred of those...it was show time! People came and I talked. And then some friends and I performed the Readers Theater to rapturous applause:
|We told "The Story of the Red Stone"|
|check out the cool costumes that I had made!|
and then I signed books:
|at the event|
|and after the event!|
And when the day was done, I got together with some of my awesome local friends...who surprised me with a cake:
|did I mention my friends were awesome?|