Okay, so when most people think of fun, the words “Emporia, Kansas” don’t usually leap to mind, but I had a great time at the Author Extravaganza at the Town Crier Bookstore in Emporia yesterday. The store was packed with writers—over forty of us—signing books and chatting with patrons, bookstore employees, and each other. Several school librarians brought their libraries’ copies of Airball for me to sign, and my cousin, who lives in Emporia, tracked me down just to say hi and get me to sign a book. Plus Emporia has one of those lovely old downtowns, with wide streets, tall buildings, and independent non-chain shops—hardware stores, coffee shops, Town Crier, of course, and a gourmet chocolate shop.
Now that I’m home, I’m getting ready for a teen brown bag lunch and book talk next Thursday at noon at the Eudora Public Library.