(I cribbed this picture from Michael Northrop's blog because the one I took in the rain was just too dark and gloomy)
I was excited to be in such great line up of authors - L to R: Elizabeth Scott, Neesha Meminger, Gayle Forman, David Levithan (Author, Editor, All-Around YA God and Moderator of this Event), Lisa Ann Sandell,Michael Northrop and me.
My reading went pretty well I think, but I stumbled a bit when I got to the BAD WORDS in the text, because I was conscious of the tender ears of Gayle Forman's adorable young daughter sitting in the front row, waiting to hear her mommy read. So Gayle, if,in the next few days, you ask your cutie pie to pick up her clothes and she says, "No Mommy, that's bullsh*t!", I know I am going to be so totally in the doghouse!!
Now President Obama has been making his best displomatic efforts with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev over in London with the G20, but these might have been greatly undermined last night when Michael massacred a portion of Crime and Punishment with a Russian/Polish/Count Chocola/The Count from Sesame Street/Mexican accent - or perhaps the more appropriate word would be the one my daughter used to say,"accident" as in "His attempt at a Russian accident might have caused an international incident." It was,however,rather hilarious.
We had some interesting questions in the Q & A about writing process. I loved Neesha's answer to David's question about what her family thought about her book - she said her mother's first question was "Why is there a belly button on the cover?" and her second question was "Is it yours?". Brilliant! And so quintessentially motherly.
It was a fun evening, and now I have even MORE books on my "must read" list, because after hearing these books read aloud, I have got to read them all!