Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring (and IRA) in Chicago


Chicago was so beautiful. IRA, so busy, busy, busy. But fun!

And I kept forgetting to take pictures or to give my camera to my editor (who was there with me—yay!) for HER to take pictures for me at events.

What I DID remember to do was pick up some advanced copies of some books I’m looking forward to reading. Like MATCHED, by Ally Condie, and THE SUMMER OF MOONLIGHT SECRETS, by Danette Haworth. As well as grabbing some other books that are available now, like FALLING IN, by Frances O'Roark Dowell.

On Monday, Susannah Richards, from Eastern Connecticut State University, and I talked with a group of educators at IRA about SAVVY and SCUMBLE. I met so many great teachers and librarians!

That evening, Penguin Young Readers Group hosted a dinner, where I joined Loren Long, Kathryn Erskine, Nancy Krulik, T.A. Barron, Mike Lupica, and Elizabeth Partridge (who just won the LA Times Book Prize for YA Literature for her book, MARCHING FOR FREEDOM). Each author got to host a table. I also got to re-connect with two members of my Newbery committee. A nice evening all around.

The next day was spent in marathon signings, a fun mother-daughter book club dinner, and topped off by a great visit to The Book Stall, in Winnetka, IL.

A quick room-service breakfast with my editor, a morning symposium for the conference, and an impromptu, sunny lunch by the Buckingham fountain (see photo above), rounded out my Wednesday--then it was off to the airport!

Now I'm looking forward to a summer spent reading, writing, and relaxing!

Monday, April 26, 2010

IRA 2010 and a visit to The Book Stall

I'm back in the beautiful city of Chicago for the 55th annual IRA convention. If you are in town for the convention, I will be signing today (Monday) from 2:30-3:30 at the Penguin Young Readers Group Booth (#2224). Tuesday at the convention, I'll be signing at the Anderson's Bookshop booth (#2002) from 11:00-12:00. The Perma-Bound booth (#1246) from 1:00-2:00, and the Scholastic Book Fairs booth (#1125) from 3:00-4:00. These signings are only open to those attending the conference.

If you are not attending the conference but are in the Chicago area, I will be appearing at The Book Stall, in Winnetka, IL, on Tuesday, April 26th, at 7:00pm. Dessert will be served! There will even be a raffle to give away an advanced copy of SCUMBLE! For more information, go to:

http://bookstall.indiebound.com/event

or call: 847-446-8880

Stop by and say hello!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

TLA in San Antonio

I made a very quick trip to San Antonio this week to attend the Texas Library Association conference. Even though it was short, it was fun! I stayed at the beautiful Watermark Hotel, where I would be happy to move in and live for the rest of my life. The first picture here is the view of the Riverwalk that I had from my room. The second is a shot from my meander to or from the convention center.

I think the rain has been following me. It rained the entire time I was in Connecticut, the entire time I was in Texas, and, now that I'm home, it's been raining here as well. It's a good thing I like rain! Though, I didn't really enjoy getting to the convention center for a luncheon appearance soaked-through (despite my umbrella). It all turned out fine. I was distracted almost immediately by the very fun, very engaging Catherine Center (author of Everyone is Beautiful, The Bright Side of Disaster, and, just out, Get Lucky). Catherine and I were speaking at the luncheon, along with the amazing Elizabeth Berg.

After lunch I hustled to sign as many books as I could before rushing off to the airport again. I signed SCUBMLE galleys and it was the first time I had two books to sign. So I really appreciated the patience of everyone who stood in line so long.

Speaking of SCUMBLE galleys... I will attempt to figure out how to put the details of my little giveaway in the sidebar of my blog. I'm thinking I'll keep it open until my birthday... I turn 40 on May 1st. Seems like a good day to give away a few presents myself.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Poof!

So, as someone who can be a bit of a paranoid perfectionist, the thought of un-proofed advanced copies going out to readers and reviewers can cause a bit of angst.

HOWEVER, having those ARCs arrive, and holding them in my hands--seeing all that hard work finally come together as an actual book--makes about 98% of that angst go POOF!

It's a good feeling. I think I can trade a few typos and such for the bliss that came with this box I just got. Now I like to imagine how that bliss will multiply exponentially when the final hardcover book comes out in August even more gussied up!

I have to dash off to Texas now, but when I get back I'll start putting together a "win an ARC of SCUMBLE" post. So check back soon for details!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A few things on a Sunday

If you've written me mail and sent it to my post office box, please be patient while waiting for an answer. I try to respond to everyone who writes (as much as possible) but I'm getting a little behind. Just know that I read every letter I get and appreciate each and every one. Letters make my day!

This coming week I'll be at the Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio. No bookstore visits this time, but I will be signing at the conference for those who are attending. Stop by and say hello if you're going to be there. I'll also be speaking at one of the luncheons on Thursday.

In Savvy-related news, the paperback continues on the NYT Bestseller list (April 18th list--#5 in children's paperbacks). Also, the teacher's edition of Savvy is now available and it looks great with its 50 bonus pages. If you are a teacher and would like more information about this special edition let me know and I'll be sure you get the inside scoop. (ingrid @ ingridlaw . com)

If you're in the Chicago area... I'll be signing books at The Book Stall, in Winnetka, IL -- 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL, (847) 446-8880 -- on April 27th, 2010 (please contact the store for details).

Oh! Check out the Korean cover of Savvy (Random House Korea). So fun!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Back on the NYT Bestsellers List!


This is from the 4/11/10 list.

Savvy's #3 in its first week out in paperback - Yippee!

Thank you, Readers!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Connecticut School Visits

I was in Connecticut this week (along with all the rain) for a trip that's been in the works for over a year. It was very exciting. I had a wonderful time with the terrific students, faculty, families and PTA of Somers Elementary School on Monday and Tuesday for the school's first annual Writers-Palooza, and I was at Clover Street School on Wednesday in Windsor. Here are a few photos taken around the schools...


Isn't this a stunning poster?

The students did some amazing projects in class!




And who doesn't love the Word of the Week?