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07:34 am: Authorfest
Participated in an amazing authorfest yesterday in Winchester, Massachusetts. This is a traditional event that has been taking place for many years now. I've been part of it for about 4 or 5 years. They bring in authors & illustrators for every grade at every school in town - kindergarten to high school. This year there were 20 authors/illustrators! The authors each visit several schools. There is a luncheon at the town library. At the end of the day, there is a book fair & signing at the Town Hall. It's such a festive occasion - very community-spirited and family-oriented. It's great to see families come to the Town Hall to buy books. The children are all so excited.

The best part for me, however, is getting to connect with other authors. I got to spend time chatting with Mitali Perkins,(we discovered we're both computer geeks but I'm pretty sure she's geekier than me - I mean that in a GOOD way, Mitali)  Matt Tavares, Kevin HawkesLeslea Newman, and Steven Krasner, among others. And I got to catch up with good friends, Jackie Davies, Mark Peter Hughes, (we're both in review limbo, waiting on the same two reviews), Brian Lies, (with whom I just shared champagne the day before at our critique group meeting - celebrating his new contract and my new book)  and Darlyne Murawski, as well as my school visit agent, Janet Zade.

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From:giogas
Date:April 13th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
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I was observing Kevin Hawkes the same time you were presenting, so I didn't get to see you. I was going to go down to the library to say hi, but it was lunch time & I didn't want to bother you. I was really bummed I didn't get to town hall for the book signings (mommy duties). I did get to observe Darlyne Muraski (sp), as well. They do a fabulous job organizing this event. Good to hear it all went well. See you in Nashua??
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From:barboconnor
Date:April 13th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Alas, no - won't be in Nashua. :( My first time in about 11 years to miss a conference. Bad time of year for me.

Sorry I missed you yesterday!
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From:davidlubar
Date:April 13th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
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What a great thing for a town to do. It must really get the kids, and the parents, excited about books.
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From:tracyworld
Date:April 13th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
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This sounds like a great community event. Wow!
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From:kimberleylittle
Date:April 13th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
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What a FUN day! Wish I could have been there . . .
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From:dorihbutler
Date:April 13th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
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So after "finding you" on LJ yesterday, I "stole" the How to Steal a Dog book back from my son. Another great book! (I think I'll include it in this month's column!)
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From:barboconnor
Date:April 13th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh, wow! Thanks so much, you theif, you! :)
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From:barboconnor
Date:April 13th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Uh, that would be THIEF
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From:dianemdavis
Date:April 13th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Darn. I wish I knew. I was right next door (practically) teaching in Reading, and I could have dropped in after school. Hope it was a great day!
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From:barboconnor
Date:April 14th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
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It was, Diane. Sorry you didn't make it!
From:mitali_perkins
Date:April 16th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)

geeky girls unite!

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So lovely to see you, Barbara. At least you don't dress like a geek -- loved your stylish attire. My interior geekiness is much more evident than yours.
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