Lately I've been to a slew of terrific writerly and illustratorly events in the Seattle area, particularly book launches (woohoo!), put on by people I am proud to count as my friends. If you missed the parties, I'll try to give you a little taste of each.
In fact, I should have been doing this all along, so forgive me if I reach back all the way to spring to give you all these scintillating new titles to add to your book pile.
First came the one from the amazing Justina Chen Headley - friend, inspiration, and all around beautiful person. Everyone should be lucky enough to know someone like Justina. But if you don't know her, you should read her book, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies), which is just about the funniest, most heartening thing I've read in a very long time - and I'm not saying that just because I know her.
Next came the one from friend and mentor Janet Lee Carey, who launched her first YA fantasy, The Beast of Noor (in the UK, too!). You may have read about her in the PW Children's Bookshelf. If not, go sign up and publishing tidbits delivered to your inbox weekly. My fantasy-loving nieces and nephews are demanding to know when her next book will be out - watch for Dragon's Keep soon!
Peggy King Anderson celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution with a relaunch party for Fall of the Red Star, co-written with Helen Szablya. I worked the welcome table, and at least twenty people asked me if a) I was Hungarian (no) b) related to Helen (no) or c) spoke Hungarian (semmi esetre - definitely not). But I did love the book, and I love the author even more.
Dia Calhoun's latest, awesome fantasy (with a launch party to match) is Avielle of Rhia. As for kid appeal, my niece Molly, who was visiting and came to the party, read the book the whole 12-hour car ride home.
The Talking Vegetables is the latest stunning offering from the the talented trio, Meg Lippert, Won-Ldy Paye, and Julie Paschkis. It was an amazing treat to watch the two storytellers act out the story a la Book-It. Even my very busy toddler was spellbound.