Saturday, May 17, 2008

author deluge continues!

Our big pre-Children's Book Week culminated in an enormous Wednesday, the kind that is legendary.

First, we had a big crowd (including a couple of third grade classes from Winona Park Elementary school) come in the morning to see and hear Doreen Rappaport (author of, among other books, Martin's Big Words, a biography of Martin Luther King Jr., and John's Secret Dreams, a biography of John Lennon) and Matt Tavares (illustrator of adaptations of fairy tales, including Jack and the Beanstalk and Iron Hans, as well as the writer and illustrator of a whole slew of baseball books, including Oliver's Game and Mudball) discuss their new picture book Lady Liberty: A Biography, a history of the statue of liberty.

The kids loved hearing about all the people who worked to make the statue of liberty a reality, and were delighted by Matt Tavares' drawing demonstration.

Then, in the afternoon, we had a double whammy: imagine 350 customers crowded into the store to see two of their favorite authors--Rick Riordan and Jerry Spinelli! This was a trial by fire of our new space. We were able to have two events going on simultaneously. Rick Riordan discussed the newest book in his wildly popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Battle of the Labrynth. Even though he had injured his hand the day before, Rick signed books like a champ, and we sold out of the hundreds of copies of the new book that we had in stock!

Meanwhile, in our new balcony space, Jerry Spinelli entertained a crowd of kids and adults with tales about all his wonderful books from over the years. He talked a little about his new book Smiles to Go, and answered questions about writing, his childhood, sequals (which he never does, until he wrote Love, Stargirl , which many around here feel is even better than the wonderful Stargirl), and what inspired him to write our favorite of his books--Wringer, Maniac Magee, Crash-- well, the list goes on and on.

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