My very good friend Mary Crockett Hill (check out her YA novel DREAM BOY with Madelyn Rosenberg) also works at the historical museum in the town where I grew up. She put together a nifty exhibit for the book, and I thought I’d share some of the things she had on display.
Tonight’s Big Reveal is Mrs. Lufton, my first grade teacher. I erased her name from Mary’s display to protect her innocence, as she’s the one that I show USING THE BATHROOM. How rude. How very, very rude. Rest assured that she came to the book launch party and we talked about the fact that I show her USING THE BATHROOM in the book and guess what? She was totally cool with it. TOTALLY! What a great sport. Of course, I did change her name, so hopefully that made it better for “Mrs. Lufton.” Here’s the page Mary made, minus Mrs. Lufton’s real name:
Such nice memories. I have no recollection of sitting in her lap or of the Christmas plate. It’s funny how memory works…and proof again that the book is only my own memories, and they’re obviously quite faulty (and oftentimes unfair to others).
BUT I was pretty pleased with myself (to the point of ridiculous smugness, you can ask Tom about this) when I saw how closely I got her hairstyle right. She really was beautiful, and still is:
MINI BOOK TOUR COMING UP! (Because “mini” is all this travel-shy middle-aged lady can tolerate.) If you live in the DC/Northern VA area, check out these dates! I’d love to see you.
- Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 23:
1:30 p.m.: DC Public Library event at the Palisades Branch
4:00 p.m.: DC Public Library event at the Georgetown Branch
- Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 24:
10:30 a.m.: Book store visit at Politics & Prose
3:00 p.m. Book store visit with One More Page
I’ll be doing a bunch of school visits while I’m there, too. It’ll be a wild time for sure.
Thanks for reading!