It’s hard to believe that the official part of the CHAINS tour is almost over. It has been a remarkable four weeks; I know I’ll be thinking about all the readers and booksellers I met for months to come.
In a little while I’ll check out of this hotel and give a writing workshop to teens courtesy of the Miami Book Fair. After that, I head to New Orleans. And after THAT, I head home and prepare for all the National Book Award hoopla and the NCTE/ALAN conference.
When Thanksgiving arrives, I will have so much to be thankful for, the food will be stone-cold by the time I finish saying grace.
One of the things I am thankful for today…..
I was introduced to Cuban coffee by Michelle, a Miami-Dade County administrator and second generation Cuban immigrant who graciously drove me around yesterday. In between two school presentations, she found a little corner deli (properly called paneria y dulceria) so we could eat lunch. She explained to the woman who ran the business that I wanted to try some Cuban food.
On the left is yucca, which reminded me of potatoes a little,. In the middle is fried plantain – I will never look at bananas the same way. That pastry is filled with guava paste, which I loved, though Michelle assured me that fresh guava fruit tastes a million times better. I also had some smoked pork that I forgot to photograph. And then the aforementioned coffee.
OK, I have to stop thinking of food. Here is a photo of Vivian, the principal of Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell, GA. She is standing in front of a HUGE world map in the lobby that is surrounded by clocks showing the current time in cities around the world.
One last photo – this one cracked me up. The upper school students at Somerset Academy are in the middle of preparing for their Winter Ball and decided to hold an election for a Snow Ball Queen and a Snow Ball King. Even though they live in Miami.
TOMORROW’S EVENT: Friday, November 14 at 4:30 pm: Octavia Books 504-899-7323