Yeah, me either. . . it's been a busy few weeks. . . I may have dropped a ball. All the balls. Whatever.
I was still juggling pretty well after the whirlwind two days of NYC Teen Author Festival,
|Reading at Book Revue|
and a bunch of local appearances including a few schools and libraries, and one of my patented 90-second YA author panel read events at the Dolphin Bookshop . . .
and the Fox Cities Book Festival in Wisconsin. . .
and the flu I came home with (dear god, let's not even talk about that flu. . .) followed by more local book stuff, (school visits, Skype visits, book clubs). . .
But then, there was an intense, amazing week in Indiana with Reading for Life (I must write a whole blog post about that because it was one of the most rewarding weeks of my life, but until I find the time, you can watch a little NEWS PIECE about the program and my visit HERE, if you want.
|With the extraordinary founder of Reading for Life, Alesha Seroczynski at the Kroc Center,|
South Bend, talking about how books can save kids lives...
and another day in the Juvenile Justice Center with five different groups all reading The Pull of Gravity. . .
then an evening at the Kroc Center, pictured above...
|I had my own end cap at the|
|With Amy and Heather from Reading for Life!|
There was also a writers workshop somewhere in there and an evening at Barnes & Noble in Mishawaka, IN.
Even typing this now, I don't know how I did it all!
|Super double money bonus: spending time with Sherry Gick and|
Kathy Burnette, librarians extraordinaire!
And after all that, as long as I was there, there was also a pretty amazing school visit to NorthWood High School in Nappanee, IN, with the awesome Kelly Vorhis and her students
... a day I will not soon forget.
and this pretty cool piece in Mashable!
Eight Cousins in Falmouth, MA (7/11) (we WILL googly-eye all the books!), Bunch of Grapes in Martha's Vineyard (7/12), and Nicola's Books (in the works for 8/19!) in Ann Arbor, MI.
I'm trying (desperately) to finish a rewrite of a manuscript, and answer the call of the open water swim season which is in full and glorious force.
And, of course, our next uber-fantabulous summer of Teachers Write! starts July 7th!
If you are a teacher and don't know what it is, click that link. If you think you might like to participate, please join our facebook page, and look for tweets with the hashtag #teacherswrite!
So that's all. If you're looking for me, I'm over here scooping up balls.
If you haven't read THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO yet, I hope you'll add it to your summer reading list. I've been getting some wonderful feedback from readers and critics, and if you have a road trip in your future, I highly recommend the audiobook, and so does Audiofile Magazine!
Oh, and one more thing, if you have a book club of 5 or more people using THE SUMMER OF LETTING GO as its summer selection, I will be happy to Skype in for free! You can contact me via my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
So there you have it. Happy end of school year! Happy almost summer!
See you back here soon.