Sunday, March 21, 2010

Virginia Festival of the Book 2010, Part one: The People

Alison, Sarah and I met up in downtown Charlottesville yesterday for the Virginia Festival of the Book. We'll post later about the panels. Today I want to mention the people.

Back in October, the three of us went to the James River Writers Conference. You can read about our trip here and here. We met Kristi, and Sarah has kept in touch with her. Kristi has also been following our blog. Kristi and her husband drove up from Richmond yesterday to attend the festival. Here she is, with me and Sarah.

One of the people I had wanted to meet yesterday was Suzanne Morgan Williams. Suzanne has written several nonfiction books for children, and debuted her first novel last year as part of the Class of 2k9. We interviewed her in the fall shortly after her book Bull Rider was released. When I found out she was coming, I sent her an email. She was delightful in person, and gave a great presentation at her panel. I'm impressed with the lengths she will go to in the name of first hand research!

We met one of you as well. If you read the comments, you know that we were supposed to keep a lookout for Becky Mushko. I found her! Here she is at the book fair, with her book, Ferradiddledumday. She must have been busy too, because when I went back later to introduce Sarah, I couldn't find her. It was nice to meet you, Becky. I hope you had a great time!

We saw lots more of our local SCBWI folks, and it was great to catch up with them as well. If you were there and we missed you, we hope to see you next time. If you weren't able to come, we've got your back. Sarah, Alison, and I took notes at the panels, so watch for some posts about them over the next few days.


Sarah said...

I had such a wonderful time yesterday! I love it when I can hang out with fellow Slushies. I also want to add that Kristi is a contributor to the Fantastic Spatula blog.

Michelle said...

Thank you, Sarah, for putting up Kristi's link. I knew I had forgotten one!

Kristi Tuck Austin said...

It was a joy to see you again. (Note: These ladies are as warm and brilliant in person as they are on their blog.) Your WIPs sound wonderful. I look forward to hearing great news about them soon.

Sarah said...

Thanks, Kristi. It was so good to see you again. You meet the best people at writing functions.

Becky Mushko said...

I did have a great time. Thanks for stopping by the Cedar Creek Publishing table. Sorry I was missing in action when you returned.

Michelle said...

Becky, I'm just happy you got out from the table to see some of the festival!