Rochester coming up next

Hi everyone,

Next thing coming up for me is the Rochester Children’s Book Fair on Saturday, November 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on the campus of Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York.
I’m delighted to be returning to this popular event. Here are the 50 authors and artists who will participate this year.
MJ and Herm Auch
Sue Beckhorn
Julie Berry
Kathleen Blasi
Susannah Buhrman-Deever
Jennifer Cahall- 1:15-4:00pm
Laurie Calkhoven
Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Peter Catalanotto
Matt Chandler
Patricia Cost- 1:00-4:00pm
JN Courtney- 10:00am-1:00pm
Bruce Coville
Jerry Craft
Wendy Dunham
Annette Dunn- 1:00-4:00pm
Elizabeth Falk
Jackie Fisher
Raul (the Third) Gonzalez
Nikki Grimes
David Harrison
Marsha Hayles
James Howe
Will Hubbell
Keely Hutton
Joanne Russo Insull- 10:00am-1:00pm
Joy Keller
Michelle Knudsen
Kevin Kurtz
Mylisa Larsen
Matt McElligott
Rose O’Keefe
Andrea Page
Linda Sue Park- 10:00am-1:00pm
Margaret Pence- 1:15-4:00pm
Tiffany Polino
Robin Pulver
Dee Romito
Mark Shulman
Kelly Starling Lyons
Heidi Stemple
Tui Sutherland
Peggy Thomas
Rich Unkel (Damon M. Piletz)
Sally Valentine
Vivian Vande Velde
Ellen Stoll Walsh
Jane Yolen
Elizabeth Zunon

My time to give a book talk/reading is 11:20 that morning. I’ve chosen CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS, one of my own favorites. Bruce Colville comes after me and I hope I have a chance to hang around long to hear him.

Nice honor for Rochester Children’s Book Festival

Hi everyone,

I was impressed by the festival I just attended in Rochester, New York. There were 44 authors and artists in a large room seated behind tables stacked with their books and ready to sign. At 10:00 a.m. the doors opened and people came flooding in. There were children, parents, teachers, librarians, and others in the crowd and they went around the room from table to table to meet the folks who created the books. Total attendance must have been in the thousands but I haven’t heard an official total.

Soon after I returned home I learned that a community literary center in Rochester, Writers & Books, recently awarded the Rochester Children’s Book Festival their Writers & Books Big Pencil Award, which is presented to “individuals and organizations that have impacted the appreciation of literature and contributed significantly in the advancement, creation, and understanding of literature in the Rochester community.”

I think that’s pretty cool and the organizers of the event must be feeling justifiably proud. My thanks and congratulations to Kathy Blasi, Sibby Falk, MJ and Herm Auch, Vivian Vande Valde (who started the whole thing fifteen years ago), Marsha Hayles . . . well, the list goes on and on. Volunteers alone totaled 103 people and everyone knew his or her job and did it beautifully.