In which acclaimed author Frances Hardinge and her editor Michael Stearns (henceforth our heroes) undertake a breathless, breakneck tour across the continent and back—visiting seven cities, seventeen schools, eight libraries and bookstores, and one enormous (and rather interesting) gathering of national booksellers. A thrilling adventure filled with moments of high danger, humor, and courageous acts.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Day Twelve (May 20)

A short day. A signing in a signature store. A train from New York to Washington.

Greeting our heroes at the door to New York's premier children's bookstore, Books of Wonder, is a top-of-shelf display of Fly by Night and a poster for the day's group signing.

At Books of Wonder, after a warm introduction by store owner Peter Glassman, Frances takes part in a series of brief presentations by the day's list of children's books luminaries. Among them, Howard Fine (All Aboard the Dinotrain), Arlene Alda (Did You Say Pears?), Rob Scotton (Russell and the Lost Treasure), and Angie Sage (Magyk and Flyte). Librarian and book blogger Betsy Bird was rumored to be present, and Frances swears she saw her, but she somehow escaped the scene without meeting Michael. Afterward, it is off to catch a train to Washington, D.C., for the annual Book Expo America and a final few visits.

Frances works hard alongside veteran children's books talents Angie Sage, Rob Scotton, Arlene Alda, and Howard Fine.


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