Hi everybody! And welcome!
I’m going out on the road, and this trip’s gonna be a doozy!
On Wednesday, November 4th, I’m headed to Atlanta, Georgia to be part of this amazing program: On the Same Page. Check out all the cool things the folks in Atlanta have been doing in preparation for my visit! It’s a real honor that On the Same Page chose EL DEAFO for their program this year. Just, wow.
I’ll be doing school visits at the Atlanta School for the Deaf, the International Community School, the Global Village Project, and Clairemont Elementary School. The school visits are not open to the public, but don’t despair…
Because there IS a Grand Finale on Friday, November 6th, and everyone is welcome to come! It’s at the Drew Charter School Auditorium (301 E Lake Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30317) and begins at 7:00 pm. I’ll do a presentation, and one of my favorite book stores, Little Shop of Stories will be there with books that I will be happy to sign. It’s gonna be fabulous.
Making the trip even crazier is the fact that I’ll be driving down with my mom, the amazing BARBARA BELL, and my older sister, the dy-no-mite SARAH BELL, both featured in EL DEAFO. I’m hoping that the whole thing will turn into some kind of movie-worthy road trip, preferably without the Thelma & Louise ending.
After Decatur, I’m headed to Pittsburgh, PA, home of the Steelers—who were all the rage when I was in elementary school. I bet anyone reading this who grew up in the seventies remembers those black satin Steelers jackets that all the cool kids were wearing. Anyhoo…
On Sunday, November 8th at 2:00, join me at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall for the Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures Kids and Teens Program! This presentation will be a conversational format focused on talking to the kids in the audience, followed by a 20 minute Q&A. I’ll be doing a signing, too. FYI, this event is ticketed, so if you’re interested, you might want to check out the website.
And finally, on Monday, November 9th, I’ll be doing a video conference with participating Pittsburgh schools, so maybe I’ll see you on the teevee!
It’s gonna be a wild one!
The Guardian is super-groovy and has been nice enough to put me on their longlist for the 2015 Guardian children’s book prize. Check out the little post the staff and I put together for your amusement. Warning: Read only if you don’t have El Deafo fatigue as yet. It’s a leetle bit long!
And here’s some silly business, just for you:
Hey folks! I’m headed to Northern Virginia and Maryland at the end of April/beginning of May. Here’s where I’ll be:
Mmm, mmm good!
Also, my dear friend, author and poet Mary Crockett Hill, put together a museum exhibit for me a while back, and she has beautifully condensed it here on her website. Be sure to look around at Mary’s stuff, too! She is awesome.
I also created a “reaction video” (a reaction to finding out about the Newbery Honor) for the folks at ALA to post. It’s here if you’d like to check it out. If nothing else, it shows how important cell phones have become for folks like me. Cell phones and email have been the greatest equalizers of all time and make so much of my good life possible.
My secretary, Shirley Knott, has reminded me to let y’all know where I’ll be next week. Come and see me if you’re in the Richmond/Charlottesville area! I’m doing a bunch of school visits and the Virginia Festival of the Book. If you come and see me, I will tell you a great joke about the Zen master and the hot dog vendor. I promise you it’s clean.
Thursday, March 19th at 4:30: West End Branch of the Richmond, VA Public Library. BBGB Books will be on hand to sell books.
Friday, March 20th at 10:45 and 1:25: school visit at Woodbrook Elementary School in Charlottesville, VA. The earlier presentation will focus on my picture book Bee-Wigged, and the later presentation will focus on El Deafo. This school event is NOT open to the public. (My apologies for saying it was…a bit of confusion on my part!)
Saturday, March 21st: Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA. I’ll be on a panel at 2:00 (with the amazing Madelyn Rosenberg, Kate Samworth, and Robert Anderson; I’ll also be doing a signing at 4:00. LOTS of cool writers and illustrators will be at this festival!
The supercool thing about this trip is that I’ll also be visiting my first elementary school in Richmond, J.B. Fisher Elementary School. It still has a program in place for kids who are deaf and/or use hearing aids. Here’s the school in the book:
I will also be headed to the northern area of Virginia/DC and Maryland in late April and early May. Details to come!
The other day, I received a package in the mail with this illustration on it:
The package was from Seattle…and I don’t live in Seattle! How in heck did I manage to go to Seattle, draw a picture of El Deafo on an envelope, mail it, and then get back home in time to receive the package? My mind was blown!
Until I read the return address—it was from David Lasky, Comics Artist Extraordinaire (dude has his own Wikipedia page, so I am floored that he so marvelously colored El Deafo for me).
I am terrible at blogging. A lot has happened since I last posted. I won’t go into any of it here, except to say that this happened:
That’s right! I’ll be at Imaginations Toy Store in Blacksburg, VA tomorrow night (Thursday, November 13th). The event starts at 6:30. I’ll be doing a song-and-dance about Kneecap Health and then we’ll launch right into El Deafo and other book stuff. I’ll also be on hand to sign books, if that floats your boat.
You’ll have an opportunity to see my old overalls that my Granny Bell made for me:
Plus the REAL Miss Bunn!
Yeah, and other stuff too, like my Phonic Ear and my rusty hip (the right one’s kinda cranky these days).
I’ll also be at Meadowbrook Public Library in Shawsville, VA the following week (Tuesday, November 18th) at 6:00. Same kinda thing, except we’ll be surrounded by books instead of books AND toys toys toys toys.
And then…on Friday, November 21st at 7:30—hold onto yer hats—I’ll be at the Takoma Park Public Library in Maryland with the amazing Jon Scieszka, Tom Angleberger, Mac Barnett & Jory John. (Now that I’ve seen all their websites due to linking to them…good grief, the beauty!) Come support the lone female in the group, why don’tcha? We’ll have a ball!
I got a cool invitation in the mail the other day from the kind folks at Kirkus. Opening up the envelope reminded me of the first pages from my first book, Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood: A Star is Bathed. Just like the folks in Tinseltown remake movies every now and then, I’m thinking now might be the perfect time to remake this book. Here’s where I’m headed (and please ignore the sloppy Photoshop stuff I’ve got going on here):