Secret journeys

I’ve been AWOL from blogging for a week, but it has been for the best of all possible reasons.

Last weekend I was at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Saw all kinds of kidlit people like,

   Mo Willems and

  Chris Myers.

A couple of my blog readers showed up armed with life-sustaining popcorn for me, like Rebecca from Austin and these girls,

, who just totally made my whole day.

As promised, I signed their shoes.

While waiting for my panel to start with Gayle Forman and Greg Neri, I tweeted and twittered. I tried not to twerp.

Later I enjoyed watching Bookavore (on the far right) moderate a panel that included the ever-fun Libba Bray (second from right).

The next day Bookavore and I played tourist.

  We crossed the Williamsburg Bridge to the

Lower East Side where we checked out the Tenement Museum (really, you should go) and ate astonishingly good pizza.

Other highlights of the weekend including running into someone who knew me when I was in elementary school, someone who knew me in junior high, and hanging out with Jerry, who went to high school with me. Small world moments constantly.

And then…. and then…

BH and I snuck off to Montreal for a loooooooooooooooooooong overdue rest. But I’ve already posted too many pics today. Look for Montreal tomorrow!

I think instead of Montreal tomorrow, I need to post about a couple of absurd and dangerous attempts to ban my books in high schools. Stay tuned.

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