Road fun

Late September: SCBWI Rocky Mountain region annual conference. Keynote, breakout, and workshop intensive. A lot of work, but also a lot of fun! Many thanks to RAs Todd Tuell and Denise Vega and all attendees for a great weekend.

October: East Baton Rouge Parish Library Author-Illustrator Program. A terrific two days thanks to Children’s Services director Pabby Arnold and the rest of the staff. An enthusiastic and supportive audience. And as if that weren’t good enough, the folks in Baton Rouge sure know how to eat! 🙂


With librarians Tara Dearing and Pabby Arnold.

hallelujah crab

Hallelujah Crab–a soft-shell crab, stuffed and deep fried, at Juban’s restaurant in Baton Rouge. SERIOUS YUM.

–New York & Philadelphia. Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA. Thanks to both stores for hosting me and Matt Phelan, presenting XANDER’S PANDA PARTY, and to the folks who came to the events, especially Diana Sinche and her students in NY and Roberta Jacoby and students in PA.

Brooklyn bonuses: I got to spend time with Dot; great eats at Talde with Dot, cousin Randy, friend Nancy; a fun dinner with author Matt DeLaPena and his wife Caroline.

With teacher Diana Sinche (back row second from left) and her students from MS 217 in Queens, at Greenlight Bookstore.

At Children’s Book World, Matt and I were joined by David Weisner, who talked about his new picture book MR. WUFFLES!


Matt Phelan (left) and David Weisner signing at Children’s Book World, David peering at me suspiciously.


With David and Matt at dinner after the event. Resurrection Ale House in Philly, where we shared lots of good things to eat & drink, including octopus, brussel sprouts, beef tongue, and craft beers.

I’m blogging from the Philly airport, awaiting my flight home. For the rest of the week, I get to take care of The Grandbaby…

Cal Oct

…for whom I recently knitted this sweater:

blue sweater

I love traveling and meeting readers. I love taking care of The Grandbaby even more. 🙂

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