I baked on Monday night. It was a shocking event. When my kids were little, I used to bake a lot, but as life got busy, it slipped off the priority list. But the writer’s group was coming to my house on Tuesday, and I wanted to do something nice.
Why did I make banana bread and apple brown betty (and potato salad, which does not fit in the baking example, but also takes a lot of time)? Because they are my friends. They are are my community. Because sharing food is a ritual bonding that ties one person closer to another.
I wish I could bake for all of you. Because you are my community of people who love reading and writing. Because you are defending the First Amendment and making America a better place. Banana bread for everyone! Thank you!!
As we are at the half-way point in Banned Books Week, I hope you’ll indulge me in a few more links.
Check out the Google map of Banned Books.
The New York Times Papercuts blog looked at the role that Twitter has played in responding to the Republic, MO man’s attempt to ban Speak. AOL.com News ran an editorial about the banning. And Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic mentioned it briefly a few days ago.
The LA Times weighs in on Banned Books Week.
SpeakLoudly.org is fast becoming the go-to place for discussion about censorship issues. Take a peek!
Remember how I was running around like a crazy person last week? Here are a few pics from that trip.
This is Marion Lloyd of Marion Lloyd Books, a division of Scholastic UK. She is my new British publisher. What’s that she’s holding? The UK edition of Wintergirls. I believe it goes on sale in January, 2011.
Here is the only picture ever taken of me and my agent, Amy Berkower of Writer’s House. We call her Saint Amy at our house.
(note: I published my first 7 books without an agent, including Speak and Fever 1793!)
In other exciting news, we have a new dog in our life. He appeared most serendipitously and has succeeded in charming all of us, including The Creature With Fangs. More details and pictures tomorrow, I promise.