This is the one week I’ve been thinking about for a while.
First, I had a terrific weekend in Massachusetts. The first stop was with illustrator Angela Dominguez at Adventures in Storytelling, an event with the Girls Scouts Eastern Massachusetts Division. We joined forces with staff from Candlewick Press to give an inside look at how a book goes from an idea to the book you buy at your favorite indie.
I also celebrated Father’s Day morning with readers at An Unlikely Story, the epic indie bookstore owned by Julie and Jeff Kinney, creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid empire. What a store! Jeff was on his way to write in a cemetery for the day (as fathers do on special holidays?) but he stopped by to wish me luck before my event. His bookstore is easily the most beautiful indie I have seen so far in my travels. Every detail is lush and playful. See for yourself, and put this on your to-be-visited list.
Looking forward, though, the big news now is that we’ve arrived at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting, where I’ll officially receive the Newbery medal. AGH!
I’m in a sea of insane details but I have promised my team at Candlewick that I will remember to fully enjoy this weekend.
To that end, I’m looking forward to connecting in all sorts of way. I’ll have some private time with the whole 2019 Newbery Committee and with the key people in my publishing life who have brought me this far. But there are a few public events beyond, too. If you’re coming to ALA, regardless of whether you can stay for the banquet on Sunday, I’d love to see you and say hello.
Here’s my signing and appearance schedule at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC.
Friday, June 21: 7 – 8:30 P. M. REFORMA’S Noche de Cuentos with Yuyi Morales and Elvia Perez Napoles, Hispanic Reading Room, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Saturday, June 22: 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. Signing Merci Suarez Changes Gears booth 1448
Sunday, 7 pm – 10 P.M. Newbery banquet, Marriott Marquis – Marquis Ballroom, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20001
Monday, 9 – 9:50 A.M. Pop Top Stage for a live recording of The Yarn Podcast with Travis Yonker
Monday, June 24: 10 – 11 A.M. Final signing at booth 1448