This week was the Mountain Brook Writers' Festival. This was a three day event, from February 28th to March 2nd. Along with myself, it featured Susan Carothers, Henry Cole, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Lori Nichols.
We each visited one school a day, in my case in conjunction with picture book author Susan Carothers ('Twas the Night Before Game Day SEC). First up was Mountain Brook Elementary, where I spoke in the afternoon to the 4th to 6th grade to an audience that included several long time fans as well as the children of a couple friends!
That evening, there was a reception at someone's home for the authors, librarians, and festival chairpersons. This was wonderful because were kept the same author pairing all week, so Susan and I had a chance to meet the other guests. I got to spend some time getting to know Margaret Peterson Haddix, who is as wonderful as she is talented, and I overindulged on Baby Bites.
Wednesday, I went to Cherokee Bend Elementary, again for an afternoon presentation to their 4th to 6th grades. I also got to meet first grader Wyatt, who was "acting principal" for the day, and he and I had a fun discussion of the Lego Batman Movie (and overindulged in brownies).
Thursday was a full day from 8:30 am to 3:15pm at Brookwood Forest Elementary, where I gave two presentations, first to the 4th grade and then to the 5th and 6th, with two separate signings. I met several existing fans, re-met some others, and had a great day. (And, in case you haven't yet spotted the running theme, I overindulged on Magic Muffins.)