On Sunday, I went to the U-District branch of the University Bookstore to celebrate their 110th Anniversary!
To commemorate, the store created a book with contributions from 110 local authors of 110 words (including me!).
Here's Dia Calhoun reading hers, a lyrical fantasy:
And Julie Reinhardt, bbq chef extraordinare, reading hers:
The most fun was getting a copy of the book and circulating among author friends and new author friends to collect signatures on our pages (as Liz Gallagher, fellow contributor, said, it was like signing high school yearbooks!). Here's a shot of Liz and me:
(yes, that's the scarf!)
Here I am with Newbery stars Karen Cushman and Kirby Larson (perhaps some of their brilliance - and sparkles - will rub off!):
Other star contributors include Martha Brockenbrough, Deb Caletti, Justina Chen, Kevin Emerson, Robin Hobb, Meg Lippert, Deb Lund, Nancy Pearl, Deborah Reber, and Jaime Temairik (some with their own illustrations!).
For my 110 words, I submitted a little teaser in verse form from...you guessed it, Tell Me a Secret:
It’s tough, living in the
shadow of a dead girl.
It’s like living
at the foot of a mountain blocking out the sun, where no one says,
“Damn, that mountain is big.”
It’s something we hardly
Not even when it’s crushing us
No one mentions my sister.
If they do, it’s by omission,
that I am
nothing like her.
I am the good sister.
To speak of my
There’s nothing more sacrilegious.
and is to come.
To speak her name is my family’s purest form of
Tell me a secret, and I’ll tell you one.
Happy birthday, U-Bookstore! Thanks for including me.