Saturday, February 9, 2013

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

The first thing I always do on Tuesday mornings is to post my Top Ten list and then visit other people's blogs to read their Top Ten lists. The prompt this week was "Top Ten Bookish Memories."

The first blog I visited this particular morning was Christina T's Reading Extensively.  Here is her number one Bookish Memory:          
 1. Meeting Ally Carter at a book signing

Crazy, because guess where I was headed this morning? Yes, to see Ally Carter at Manvel Junior High!

Students came from four schools to hear Ally Carter speak.

She spoke about the writing process and answered questions.
I loved her Speed Round.

Two junior high librarians came suitably Gallagher Girl-ishly attired.

Naturally, I had to buy my first Ally Carter book
(can you guess which one?)
and get it autographed.

Some of our Alvin ISD Brazoria Fiction Fiesta librarians at the event,
posing with Ally Carter.

What I loved most:
Three junior high girls dived right into their new Ally Carter books.

I can see why Christina T. chose meeting Ally Carter as one of her favorite bookish memories!

Thank you, Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, 
for sharing Ally Carter with us and our students!

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people---students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....

That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

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  1. From an e-mail from one of the librarians at the event:

    Debbie, thanks for sharing! Those were bookies from my school reading their new books. One of them said afterwards that "I knew today would be fun, but I had no idea it would be THIS fun!"

  2. Looks like it was a fun event and everyone had a good time. I hope you enjoy the book! The Gallagher Girls series is one of my favorites :)

  3. What fun to have an author speak to students. Here's Mine

  4. I love attending author events! Lucky you and lucky students!

  5. Coincidental and serendipitous♫♪ Here's my SS:

  6. Author events are SO much fun, but I think teen author events are even better just because it is so exciting to see younger generations get all fan-girly on authors and books. It sounds like yours was a blast.

  7. Looks like such a great event of course. How wonderful for both students and teachers. I was well into my adult life before I got to see an author in real life. How very lucky these students are. And you get a new book to boot! Fab.

  8. Is the author part of a program with authors in school?
    Looks like some people are keen to hear the author.

  9. A bookstore in Houston, Blue Willow Bookshop, helped us arrange to have authors visit our schools this year. It has been wonderful to let kids hear and talk with good authors.

  10. Looks like everyone had a great time!

  11. It's always wonderful to see young people involved in reading and writing and listening to authors speak, of course. Have a great Sunday!

  12. What a wonderful event. I think these events can be so important for young readers. Brings me back to the first time (in high school) I met a real poet and how entranced I was.

  13. What a fun event! Thanks for sharing it...and now I can see why you want to relax today.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  14. It looks and sounds like you had a terrific time! I love going to author events, though I rarely get a chance. The first author talk-and-signing I attended was when I was in high school. The late, great Anne McCaffrey was on a signing tour for the paperback release of The White Dragon. I got her to sign the whole trilogy. I still treasure those copies. My most recent event? Another favorite author, Laurie R. King, reading from and promoting The God of the Hive. Wonderful!


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