Yesterday my local Borders in Lawrence, Kansas, hosted a book signing and reception for me, in honor of Airball being named to the 2007–2008 William Allen White Award list (the student book award in Kansas), and Lisa, the Borders manager, and Annie, the children’s books manager, really went out of their way to make it wonderful. They set me—and a mountain of my books—right inside the front door and put out cookie and strawberry shake samples from the café to entice patrons over to the table. Annie stayed with me, welcoming customers and gushing about Airball. I felt like a celebrity.
I saw one of the girls I met at Thursday’s library visit in Eudora. She brought a friend who hadn't been able to come to the library, which really touched me. Several friends stopped by, including one of my dearest college friends, who has been moving around the country the last ten years for her husband’s job and who recently moved back. It was great to see her.
In fact, it was a great day all the way around.