The Fab Five: David Levithan, Ellen Hopkins, Jennifer R. Hubbard, Eliot Schrefer, (and me): our night at Children's Book World
Saturday, September 22, 2012
We think it's pretty special out here when generosity, talent, humility, spark, and through-and-through writerliness live within one person. The fact that all that (and more) defines David Levithan—Scholastic editor, mold-smithering author, and genuine conversationalist—explains, at least in part, his ricocheting popularity.
Last evening, at Children's Book World in Haverford, PA, David shared his stage with the wildly popular Ellen Hopkins, the delightful Eliot Schrefer, my new and powerfully talented friend Jennifer R. Hubbard, and me. We each read briefly. Eliot took our breaths away with baby bonobo photos. A very generous CBW plied us with special treats, even customized cookies. And writerly/readerly teens do what they do so well—let us into their world with questions and thoughts.
A.S. King, we're all coming right back there for you on October 30, to celebrate your much-anticipated new book, Ask the Passengers. Please bring your duplicate. We love her. K.M. Walton, we are indebted, always, to your immaculate kindness and talent (and your photographs; thank you for the last one!; thank you, Heather of CBW, for the second to last!). To my many friends (and client/friend!) who slipped into the crowd, thank you.
I have come home with some glorious new books to read. I'll start with Every Day, David Levithan's newest. Many times in the past few weeks I have had to stop myself from buying the book. Sometimes waiting for that moment is worth it.