Monday, September 20, 2010

Events . . .


I had a terrific afternoon at Children's Book Day at Washington Irving's Sunnyside estate yesterday, sitting on a gorgeous lawn between James Preller and Eric Velasquez. James is funny (read his blog), and Eric gave me a valuable piece of advice: If you're going to be sitting on a gorgeous lawn all afternoon, you might want to wear socks (there were some very curious and hungry bugs). I was not wearing socks, as you have probably gathered.

I met lots of terrific kids and voracious readers (thankfully none of them were biting), and got to check in with friends including Elise Broach, Judy Blundell, Wendy Mass, Katie Davis, and Tony Abbott. And it was a very pretty drive home. (I don't drive often, so I like to brag about it when I do). All around, a wonderful event - put it on your calendar for next year.

Now gearing up for the National Book Festival next weekend.

Non sequitur alert: Wondering about the photo? My family has gotten curious about Swedish food lately. We decided to splurge on a fancy Swedish meal at Smorgas Chef in the west village. (It was delicious. More on this later if I have time.) I took pictures of the food while my loved ones made fun of me for doing so. This fork-spoon-knife light was hanging above us in the dining room. It was fun to look at, and I wanted better pictures, but my husband wouldn't let me stand on my chair.

12 comments:

olugbemisola said...

hope you have (socked) fun this weekend! love that light. (also, I forgot two names this week, and it's Tuesday -- yay, me.)

City Girl said...

Good luck at the National Book Festival! I think the light in your photograph, very fun! Just stumbled across your site and look forward to reading more!
City Girl x
http://citygirldiariesec1.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Hi rebecca,
I would like to start off saying i love your books! my class is doin a project on you and it would be very useful if you posted/replied back to me!

from
Seventh Grade literature circle group

Rebecca Stead said...

Hi all - thanks for the notes. Packing for D.C.

(And anonymous - I'm happy to hear you like the books!)

Ray said...

You can get a $40 cirtificate to Smorgas chef for $18 at DealOn.com -

http://www.dealon.com/new-york/subscribe

FYI!

Crys said...

Hi Rebecca! When You Reach Me is one of my all time favorite books! It's so amazing and great! I'm going to read first light soon too! I can't wait until I start the book! I'm sure it'll be amazing! :D

Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca,

This summer my class read your book when you reach me and we loved it! Right know we are having literature circles and any information you can give me would be great!

Thanks,
Clare

Anonymous said...

Hi Rebecca,

Can you please reply to my posts! I really need them for literature circles.

Thanks,
Clare and Seventh Grade

Rebecca Stead said...

Ray and Crys - thank you!! Glad you stopped by, and the DealOn info is fabulous. . .

Clare - What kind of information are you looking for? You can ask me a specific question), or . . . there are many interviews and Q&As available on the web. Thanks - and say hi to the sevnth grade for me!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for replying to my post! I was jut wondering where you got your insiration to write the book from!

Thanks!
Clare and Seventh Grade

Rebecca Stead said...

Hi again Clare - The inspiration to write WHEN YOU REACH ME came from 1) a short newspaper article about a man wandering around with amnesia and 2) memories of my own childhood in New York City.

A lot of the time inspiration seems to come from two directions at once. . .

Be well,
Rebecca

Anonymous said...

I have never seen anything like that spoon/fork/knife chandelier. It would be so awesome if we had stuff like that where I live. Rebecca, are you going to write more books?