Saturday, March 15, 2008
I also got to see Roland Smith who is an impressive speaker and author. There were tons of kids in the session I attended because he is so popular. I've only recently been turned on to his books by local school librarians who always raved about him. I'm not sure why I balked at reading any of them, but I got started because two were on the state reading lists and I'm hooked! He's very readable and I can see why reluctant boy readers would be so engrossed by them.
I was also able to visit the book store where many of the authors and illustrators books were being sold and because I volunteered I was getting a 20% discount. To no one's surprise, I got a little crazy and made sure to get books from authors I was working with for autographing. I think this is very cool. My children, who I expect to be as amazed as I are generally not. Disappointing...
The next day I was assigned to Mary Cassanova which I admit I hadn't heard of until the festival, but it turns out she's quite famous and has written many, many books. Most of the authors said they've been able to do a lot of traveling because of their writting and incorporating their own lives into the stories. She has a series of Dog Watch books that are based on her life in a small border town up north where the dogs are allowed to wander town as long as they behave. Her series is based on her own dogs and adventures they've had. I was told that once I had my author settled I could wander off to hear others so I took full advantage of it. I was able to see Michael Spradlin, MJ and Herm Auch, R.W. Alley and Alane Ferguson (loved her!). It was great and I certainly plan to do it again next year.