Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Washington DC trip and the National Book Festival

Hghlights: My visit to Friends Community School in College Park, Maryland, my son's old elementary school. What a delight! More to come on that, but here are a few photos to begin with.

Speaking at the Children's Book Guild of Washington DC.

Visiting the WETA-TV studios in Arlington, Virginia for an interview for the Book Festival web site. And more.
The New Deal Cafe in old Greenbelt, Maryland
Dinner with Connie Belfiore and teachers from Friends Community School
Good food and company at the New Deal Cafe
Driving through campus, University of Marylnd, College Park
With Mary Quattlebaum, Children's Book Guild of Washington DC luncheon
At the WETA-TV studio
With Lydia Breiseth, who interviewed me for the Book Festival web site
VCFA at the Book Festival!

And finally, the National Book Festival was beyond wonderful. The tents overflowed. The weather held. And people came--from the DC area, from the suburbs, from Philadelphia and Richmond and New York. What can I say? It restored my faith in the future of the book. Young people came in droves. Teachers brought their classes. Thank you to the organizers for inviting me. Thank you to Paul Crichton and his team at Simon & Schuster for making this possible.


  1. Yay! Glad it was successful and exceeded your expectations. The book is not dead ;)