It started at True Vine Cottage, thanks to gracious, generous Beck McDowell, author of THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
|Beck relaxing on the porch swing.|
This is what the sky looked like:
|An omen, perhaps?? We did spend some quality time in the stairwells at USM on Thursday of the conference due to tornado warnings...|
Next I got to see sweet,talented Robyn Hood Black and meet for the first time wonderful, zany April Halprin Wayland. LOVE THESE GALS! We shared meals and stories and thoughts and dreams and oh yeah, a session at the conference. :)
|Thank you, Marie and Benita!|
And here we are during a slow time:
|me, Beck, Robyn & April (shhhh, there were lots of slow times, but we still had fun!)|
One of the unexpected highlights was a personal tour of the de Grummond Exhibit room with the amazing Ellen Ruffin:
|Is there anything Ellen doesn't know?!|
Oh, and guess who visited with us at our table during the Southern Breeze-hosted reception? Yep, the hilarious Jon Sciezka, this year's Medallion winner!
|Congratulations, Jon! (Jon, Beck, me, Jo Kittinger, Robyn)|
I loved seeing old friends and meeting new ones. It's a great festival. See you next year!
Oh, and here's a little bonus something: On Saturday I spoke in Tuscaloosa as part of the celebration for the winners of the Letters about Literature contest. I heard letters inspired by J.K. Rowling, S.E. Hinton and Langston Hughes. Amazing kids and parents and teachers!
AND THEN... my friend Paige and her family took me to lunch! I loved getting to know her husband Adam and adorable kids Kai and Quinn. Here's a picture of me and Kai, who loves Pokemon and says he's going to be a dentist someday, but don't count him out as a storyteller:
And now it's time for another busy week: 3 school visits. Isn't April awesome?! :)