I know you’re beginning to think we don’t do anything around here but launch books.
YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT.
Case in point: Fortune Cookies, by A Bitterman (Pete Cowdin), Illustrated by Chris Raschka.
How many authors do you know run the register at their own book party?
Chris Raschka, as I’m sure you know, is a Caldecott winner. He and Pete gave an illustrated reading of Fortune Cookies. Here’s a little taste:
Then it was time to sign books. So we lined up uncooperatively with Laura Manivong and drove Mrs. Bitterman (Debbie) insane.
FINALLY it was my turn, and I got the true scoop on how illustrator and author got together.
What was interesting about this book bash was the participants. Most book launches are attended by a small circle of writers, but Pete’s crowd was overwhelmingly composed of Reading Reptile customers.
EVERYTHING’S different when Pete Cowdin’s involved.
She had a fabu party at the Faultless Starch Company Headquarters,
replete with food, her trailer playing on a big-screen TV
and snippets of her novel scattered about in calligraphied centerpieces.
Barb gave a gracious speech, full of inspiration and gratitude:
I brought Freckles of course, star of Barb’s bookmarks:
And we had the requisite nuts in attendance…Sheila Berenson, Ann Ingalls, Laura Manivong, Elizabeth Bunce, Sarah Clark, Judy Hyde…
…and a whole lot more people who my Flip didn’t get to. I was too busy having fun.
I am a lousy chronicler, but a really good book launch party-goer-toer.
Go buy this book, dammit. If you need convincing, come back Monday for a review.
Co-written with her sister, Maryann Macdonald, Little Piano Girl (Houghton Mifflin) tells the story of Mary Lou Williams, a jazz piano genius who arranged music for Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.
I shot a little video that has AMATEUR written all over it. Next time I’ll know to narrate more. It’s fairly self-explanatory, but besides meeting Ann and Maryann, keep an eye out for:
Barbara Stuber, whose debut middle-grade novel, Crossing the Tracks will hit the stores this July.
Colleen Ryckert Cook, whose first non-fiction book in a three-book deal for Rosen Publishing comes out in August.
Katie Speck, author of the Maybelle early chapter books. You know, the roach? *shiver* Maybelle will visit someplace tremendously fun in a third book to be released next January. (Ooo! Kidlit scoop!)
Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of A Curse Dark As Gold and the first recipient of the William C. Morris Award from the ALA. Yes, indeedy do. Don’t worry gang, she has another book turned in which is in production, and she’s writing a third.
Pete Cowden, owner with his wife Deb of THE most incredible children’s bookstore in the nation–The Reading Reptile.
And now, without further ado, my very first vlog:
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