AUTHOR SIGNING LINES I'VE BEEN AWKWARD IN

Living in DC has its perks. Representative government isn't one of them.
  1. B.J. Novak, THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES
    I 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Alan Furst, MISSION TO PARIS
    My 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.
  4. Henry Cole and Marla Frazee and Raul Colón and David Weisner and Stephen Savage
    All 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.
  5. Campbell McGrath, IN THE KINGDOM OF SEA MONKEYS
    My very first DC signing! Unfortunately I had nothing to say because I'd come literally and only on the strength of that title.
  6. Austin Kleon, STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST
    Another 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?)