Tuesday, September 19, 2006
PLUS I got to rub elbows with such greats - old and new - as:
- Jim Trelease (who put down my child's school the minute he met me, but what the hey)
- Amy Schwartz (A TEENY TINY BABY, BEA AND MR. JONES, and many more)
- Sergio Ruzzier (THE ROOM OF WONDERS, plus illustrations for Emily Jenkins' spot-on & super-funny LOVE YOU WHEN YOU WHINE)
- David Gavril (shout out to my fellow Hampshire alum! and author/ill. of PENELOPE NUTHATCH AND THE BIG SURPRISE)
- Leonard Marcus (I cannot put his DEAR GENIUS down! Plus now I need WAYS OF TELLING real bad!!) and
- K.J. Dell'Antonia (shout out to my fellow alum of the Manhattan Criminal Courts - no, that does not mean that KJ and I did time together, though I guess we kind of did, in a manner of speaking - and big props for puttin CHICKEN BEDTIME IS REALLY EARLY in READING WITH BABIES TODDLERS AND TWOS without realizing we knew each other from our former lives!). I also got to meet
- Emily Jenkins, whose TOYS GO OUT is emerging as her finest work of many fine works. Plus she was really nice, which always works for me.
Other highlights of my visit were mostly culinary: soup dumplings (yes, I'm old and out of it, okay? I eat foods that were fads a decade ago and I say things like "shout out" which no one says anymore), cupcakes, and excellent popcorn at Film Forum (where I'd sit through pretty much any movie for the popcorn).
Plus I got to see many dear family members and friends, including my charming hostess, the lovely Ms. Kenna Kay. Some old friends came and surprised me at my readings (and brought kids I've heard about but never had the pleasure of meeting), which was extra nice! And my own kids stayed home. Which can be a nice thing too (absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that).
One last bit of news: When I got home, I learned that Neal Pollack's new website (for which I've been asked to contribute a column) will be up and running soon! The website is offsprung.com and the working title for my column is Pajamazon. As in, "if you want to hear bedtime stories, get yer freaking pajamazon!"
It will be a column about kids and kids' books and it will include the contributions of my own darling kids, assuming they don't lose all their stories goofing around when they are supposed to be getting ready for bed.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
It's my new book NINETY-THREE IN MY FAMILY!
And it's finally out!
And GUESS WHAT? It’s a Book Sense Autumn 2006 Pick! Which means your friendly neighborhood bookseller (and your friendly neighborhood internet superstore a.k.a. http://www.amazon.com/ ) might actually have it in stock. Let your feet or fingers do the walking and find out. Books make excellent presents for kids (and classrooms!) and I am happy to personally sign any book that I wrote.
(I mention this because recently I was asked to sign a Corduroy book. I had to politely decline since, technically, I’m not Don Freeman).
And here’s some MORE cool news: I’m doing readings this fall in New York City, Boston, Washington, DC, Baltimore and beyond. Scroll down to the bottom of this e-mail to check dates – it would be really wonderful to see friends and friends of friends, so please help me spread the word! Come hear me read the new book and check out my new non-chicken hat.
Speaking of spreading the word, I want to say THANKS to all of you for championing my first book, CHICKEN BEDTIME IS REALLY EARLY. Everything you’ve done - coming to readings, asking for the book at bookstores and libraries across the country (and in many foreign countries!), sharing it with your friends and families, writing reviews of it (on http://www.amazon.com/ and http://www.bn.com/) – has meant the world to me. The little chicken book that could is now in its fifth printing, thanks in large part to your tireless grassroots support. So please keep up the good work! Write an on-line review, tell your local library or newspaper about the book, read it aloud on public transportation, carry it in your bag wherever you go (oh, wait, that’s my job)… every little bit helps, really!
I hope you enjoy NINETY-THREE IN MY FAMILY. I must confess that I’m hugely pleased with how the book came out. Illustrator Mike Lester (of A IS FOR SALAD fame) channeled this book’s unique spirit in much the same way George Bates did CHICKEN BEDTIME's. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.
All the best,
Erica’s Not Quite Ninety-Three Fall Book Tour Dates (But, Hey, Who’s Counting?):
Saturday, September 16, 12-2 pm at Books of Wonder (18 W. 18th St. NYC) & 3-4 pm at the Strand Bookstore (Broadway & 12th St. NYC)
Wednesday, September 27, 11 am at Aladdin’s Lamp (Arlington, VA)
Sunday, October 1, 3:30 pm at the Baltimore Book Festival
Tuesday, October 3, 10:30 am at Politics and Prose (Washington, DC)
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 am at Aladdin’s Lamp (Arlington, VA)
Saturday, October 28, 2 pm at the Cleveland Park Library (Washington, DC)
Saturday, November 4, at Wellesley Booksmith (Wellesley, MA)
Saturday, November 18, at the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Conference (Nashville, TN)