This time it was because we forgot the camera. Sarah, Steph and I, accompanied by my husband and Steph's daughter Abby, went to Fran Slayton's book party at New Dominion Bookshop on Saturday. Her debut novel, When the Whistle Blows has earned great reviews, and we were all looking forward to seeing her again and hearing her read from it.
Which we did. It was wonderful to see the support of Fran's family and friends, fellow SCBWI members (hi, ladies!) and 2k9 author Edie Hemingway. Fran obviously has a deep emotional connection to her work, which she should, since the stories in the book are based on her father's childhood.
I just finished reading it, and it's beautifully written. It hits the full emotional range from comic teenage hijinks to the tragic losses which are inevitable in life. Fran has generously agreed to do an interview for us on the Slushbusters blog, so watch for it in upcoming posts. Meanwhile, check out her book, and use the links in this post to see other interviews with Fran.