Day 9 started with a drive from Chicago to Milwaukee. We headed to the breathtaking Milwaukee Public Library, where I was greeted by my old friend (and the man who set me on the path to write CHAINS), Ben Franklin.
I had lunch with and spoke to a group of Milwaukee librarians, then drooled – at a respectful distance – at the shelves of their rare book collection. They had this giant book of author and artist signatures on display where
the page showing Maxfield Parrish’s signature was delightful.
Wisconsin schools were closed Thursday and Friday for the state teacher’s conference, so my Author Shepherd set up six stock signings for the afternoon.
And then I had a POSTSECRET MOMENT!!!
At a Barnes & Noble stock signing, Mary Lou the bookseller asked me to sign their author book. As I was flipping through the pages, I found this:
Frank Warren, of PostSecret fame, had been there. I LOVE what he wrote, “The children the world almost breaks – become the adults most likely to change it.” And he had been there on my birthday! Fate, I tell you, it was fate.
Finally we made it to Schwartz’s a fantastic indie bookstore for the evening event. Almost everyone in the audience was a teacher, including a pair that run a before-school book club at a middle school that has 90 active members in it. I am going to do an online chat with them after the tour is over. The teachers asked LOTS of questions about writing process. If we had had a gallon of coffee, we could have turned it into an all-nighter writing workshop.
Note to self – mention this to publicist…. could be fun…..
TODAY’S EVENT: Fly to Delaware. Try not to snore or drool on plane.
SATURDAY’S EVENT: Saturday, November 1: several appearances during the day: Delaware Book Festival, Dover, DE.
SUNDAY: A little rest, a little run, and a drive to the DC area.
MONDAY’S EVENT: November 3 at 7:00 pm: Barnes & Noble, McLean, VA 703-506-2937