|A bunch of renegade authors...|
Hello, dragon fans. Phew! What a week. It's hard to know where to begin. After a lengthy sleep on Monday, the author poked his head through the hotel room curtains to discover that Houston was dull and overcast, which was completely at odds with what we'd expected of Texas. But everything was soon to change. After a couple of muddling days, the sun came out, the temperature soared and the cowboy hat went on (him, not me). Up until then, we had only done a couple of small events including one at the very welcoming Beth Yeshurun school where we met author Adam Gidwitz and saw him give an hilarious presentation about his book A Tale Dark and Grimm. Then on Wednesday the big stuff kicked in...
Last time the author was in America, he was touring alone. This time, he was part of a package of authors which included Jennifer A. Nielsen, Sarah Mlynowski, Michael Northrop, Augusta Scattergood (wonderful name), Elizabeth Eulberg, Siobhan Vivian and Maggie Stiefvater. American fans will know there are some pretty talented writers listed there. On Wednesday morning, the authors were invited to present their latest books to a crowd of 250 librarians. But rather than simply stand up and read, each author was asked to select a piece of text which could be dramatised and performed from a script. The authors were split into two groups. The author found himself paired with Jennifer & Sarah. First off, the group performed a scene from THE FIRE ASCENDING, with Sarah as the evil warlord, Voss. It went very well, judging by the 'oohs' when we reached the end, as did a piece from Jennifer's book The False Prince (which we highly recommend, very 'Merlin-esque'). But the highlight was the performance of a scene from Sarah's book, Whatever After, which is basically a topsy-turvy retelling of the Snow White story. The author was cast as 'Evil Evelyn' who tries to persuade Snow White to eat a poisoned cookie. Let's just say he won't be winning any oscars for his performance as the wicked Evelyn, who first appears as a little girl in pigtails, but the librarians of Texas will certainly remember him for it.
Later that day, five of the authors visited the wonderful Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, where they each gave a brief presentation of their books and not only signed the books for sale, but signed the bookshop wall as well. See if you can spot the author's attempt here.
And we are STILL not finished with the tour! Just a couple more days to go. If anyone out there is still keen to see the Last Dragon Chronicles author, his final event is at 6pm in Provo City Library, one we are very much looking forward to. Until next time, happy reading. Hrrr!
|The author tries not to fall into Utah's great salt lake...|