On Saturday, I left the kids with my parents and drove down to Charlottesville for the Virginia Festival of the Book. My panel wasn't until 2:00, so I first checked in with my fellow panel members Stacy Nyikos, Keri Mikulski, Barrie Summy, and Suzanne Morgan Williams. I love seeing these gals! They are bright and sunny and fun to be around.
I had plans to meet my very cool agent Laura Rennert for coffee at 10:30 which meant I could peek into the first panel at 10:00 for a bit. This panel featured Kathy Erskine, Fran Cannon Slayton (who is also one of Laura's clients), Sara Lewis Holmes (who I previously met when she came to our Austin SCBWI conference), Sue Corbett, and Irene Latham.
Coffee with Laura Rennert was a blast. She told me nice things like how talented I was and stuff like that which of course made me smile.
At noon, I went to a second panel which featured Laura Rennert, Deborah Heiligman, Bonnie Doerr, Emily Ecton, and Ruth Spiro. The panel was packed (standing room only) and was fabulous!
Our panel provided some fun in that we had no screen to project our PowerPoint presentation on, so we had to drape a white tablecloth over a trellis for viewing pleasure. Not the most ideal, but we had a great time. And a special thank you to Sara Lewis Holmes for moderating!
Afterward, at our signing, I met fellow blogger Sara McClung (who really does have nice feet even in person), James (aka Book Chic) who is just like his very cool vlogs, Susan F. Robertson of Wastepaper Prose who has a camera to stomp out all other cameras, and David Macinnis Gill whose book BLACK HOLE SUN I am totally looking forward to. I also met the only other "Powers of Matthew Star" fan in the world (okay, not quite). It's nice to know I'm not alone in my adoration of the show.
The final panel featured David Macinnis Gill, Jennifer Hubbard, Amy Brecount White, and Paula Chase Hyman. It rocked, and all their books sound amazing.
The literary cocktail party followed at an old theater which featured fancy, fancy hors d'oeuvres and wine (no Cab, but they did have Merlot).
After the party, Fran, Irene, Bonnie, Stacy, Suzy, Barrie, and I headed to a late dinner, though based on the portion sizes, it's arguable whether dinner in the right word. In the words of Barrie Summy, "This is a dinner for someone who has already eaten." (I have video footage of us laughing about the dinners, but it's a bit dark; I'll see what I can do.)
I loved the festival! It's was perfectly run, top notch, and a total great time!