Books of Wonder & Wandering with My Daughter

First off, I have to say congrats again to my friend, Kathy Erskine!!!  Her novel, Mockingbird, is a finalist for the National Book Award. Wow, Kathy.  We're both going to be faculty at the upcoming Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Conference in Arlington this Saturday, Oct. 23rd. After years and years and years of going as a wannabee published author, it's delightful to go with the book out. I'm doing a Q & A session towards the end of lunch, so please come see me if you're around. I'll be signing at the end, too.Now to backtrack to the Books of Wonder/ NYC Weekend extravaganza with my daughter. We took the train up, which I love. Trains give you more time to transition and see the world. It's like seeing behind the curtain in some cities. Once we got there, we dropped our bags at the hotel and headed to the Cloisters, the medieval addendum to the Met Museum. I hadn't been since I was in high school, but it didn't disappoint. It's an easy ride up the A train from midtown and would be amazingly beautiful this weekend with the fall foliage. It felt like we took a mini-trip to Europe. The medieval garden was deliciously fragrant, and, within minutes, I had the people around me bending down to rub the lemon thyme and then smell the scrumptious scent.  Must plant some soon in my own garden;  wish I had more sun!

Cloister

Cloister

Isn't the Cloisters lovely?  My daughter, like most tween girls, went gaga over the unicorn tapestries. Look at that botanical detail. Amazing!

unicorn_tapestry

unicorn_tapestry

I also managed to "lecture" on medieval art, sarcophogi, Pieta images and sculptures without her objecting too much. That evening we saw Wicked, a first time for her. We sat in the front row of the balcony, and I had the best time just watching her wonder at the story, the set and the music. "Defying Gravity" has been in my head since we left, which is appropriate for revising my new novel, String Theories. We wandered around Times Square for a bit, and she told me, "This is a really weird place mom. Everyone's up so late!"Then on Sunday, we headed to Books of Wonder for the gigantic Tenner signing -- ten of us. Special thanks to Mindi Scott, author of the recently-release FreeFall, and her publicist who orchestrated it. Other than Josh Berk, I hadn't met most of these Tenners, so it was fabulous to listen to them read and talk about all the wonderful books. Here are a few shots from the event:

Booksofwonder

Booksofwonder

BoWbookpile

BoWbookpile

Isn't that a lovely pile of books?!  Thank you, Books of Wonder!!Hope to see you at the Mid-Atlantic SCBWI this Saturday.