We are so fortunate in Northern Virginia to have tons of great authors come visit to promote their new books. In the past two months, I’ve been lucky enough to catch a few of my favorite new and old authors.
In September I saw Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She was promoting her new book, A Marriage of Opposites, and I loved listening to her explain how she came to find the photographer who did the stunning covers for three of her recent books.
Judy Blume came to visit Arlington County, where I work, in October. She’s an amazingly active lady for 77, and the audience was packed with people of all ages- men, women, children, who have read her books as children (the Fudge books), teens (Margaret, Wifey, Deenie, and others), and adults (Summer Sisters, and her new book, In the Unlikely Event).
At a bookstore in Washington DC, I had the opportunity to listen to Kevin Costner, Rick Ross, and Jon Baird) tell about the eight year journey it took to write and illustrate The Explorers Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala. What a process it must be to write and illustrate such a tome!
And this week, in Loudoun County, where I used to work, Patrick Ness came to visit to promote his book A Monster Calls, which was given by Loudoun County to 15,000 residents for free. He was an engaging speaker and answered some fantastic questions by middle schoolers and adults about the process of being a writer, how not to be afraid in the world, and what it felt like to see his books published and now being made into movies.
I love that in this age, even as people complain that “kids don’t read anymore”, each of these events that I’ve been to have been packed by readers of all ages.