AUTHOR SIGNING LINES I'VE BEEN AWKWARD IN
Living in DC has its perks. Representative government isn't one of them.
- •B.J. Novak, THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURESI took my almost-two-year-old. She was the only non-sibling under three, and the only child he deemed potentially too young to appreciate the book. There were a lot of childless adults in the audience and I have to say, the kids down front asked far better questions.
- •Mo Willems, I WILL TAKE A NAP!First reading for my second kiddo, who was still a newborn at the time. We have a picture with Mo; I only managed to get the top of the baby's head in the shot.
- •Alan Furst, MISSION TO PARISMy husband and I read SPIES OF THE BALKANS together while I was deployed so we were stoked to see him. My hubs tried to engage in conversation and it went nowhere—we've got that trait in common.
- •Henry Cole and Marla Frazee and Raul Colón and David Weisner and Stephen SavageAll at once for a picture book panel at Politics and Prose. I bought almost a hundred dollars worth of picture books to be able to make awkward signing-line conversation with each of them, but I have like five years of Christmas gifts in the bag.
- •Campbell McGrath, IN THE KINGDOM OF SEA MONKEYSMy very first DC signing! Unfortunately I had nothing to say because I'd come literally and only on the strength of that title.
- •Austin Kleon, STEAL LIKE AN ARTISTAnother memorably awkward attempt at signing line conversation. One of my first evenings "off" after becoming a new mom, so I tried to create chatter around our similarly-aged young ones. (I'm going to have to apologize to all the writers whose readings I've attended at some point, I think?)