What I learned from Goodreads is that it’s okay to read YA literature when you’re not…well… a YA yourself. I can tell by the people who select my own novel Crush. Candy. Corpse as a “to read”. They’re at least old enough to wield a credit card, often in their thirtys +.
That fact frees me to enjoy a Children’s Literature Festival when I’m not on duty as a parent or performing/reading author.
Why does a writer go when they aren’t paid? To meet their friends. I love bumping into all the writers I don’t see on a regular basis. Captain Underpants is not a writer and I haven’t met Dav Pilkey or bought his latest yet but my grandson Hunter and I have enjoyed his antics between pages so why not have my photo taken with him.
|Deborah Ellis talking about Afghanistan|
|Norah McClintock explaining her title Close to the Heel|
Norah McClintock spoke about her contribution to Eric Walters’ new series. Close to the Heel is set in Iceland. I was so impressed that she travelled to Iceleand to research the book. (I doubt a Canadian advance would cover the airfare) Still she told me later how beautiful Iceland was and I hope to enjoy the setting through the story, don’t think I’ll ever make it there.
|Granddaughter Jadzia in rapture with the chicken|
|These chickens seemed doglike in their enjoyment of being caressed and patted.|