Monday, May 14, 2012

SCBWI Schmooze

Big thanks to Irene for arranging the schmooze.
This past Friday, I drove to Birmingham for a Southern-Breeze schmooze hosted by the lovely and talented Irene Latham. I really enjoyed talking to the group of children's authors who stopped by. We ended the book talk and signing with a manuscript swap.

Green eggs...not dyed!
At Irene's, Patricia Weaver showed me the green eggs she'd brought from her chickens in her home near Florence, Alabama. And, yes, she swears they came out that color!

That evening, Irene hosted her book club, which had read Cleopatra's Moon. Everybody brought the most delicious Greek/book-themed food--even an almond cake/pastry in honor of Ptolly's favorite snack. We had a great conversation about mother's and daughters and history.

As the evening wound down, Irene absolutely gobsmacked me with the loveliest present--a shadow-box filled with Cleopatra Selene-themed mementos. The quote! The peacock feather! The golden rope! I was so amazed and touched I couldn't speak for a few moments.  Look at it. Isn't it beautiful?

The whole evening left me with such a deep sense of gratitude for friends like Irene and the awesome support from the SCBWI community.

And the tireless Irene is holding yet ANOTHER schmooze this Friday with author-illustrator Sarah Frances Hardy, featuring her delightful new picture book, Puzzled by Pink. So, if you're anywhere near Birmingham, make sure to visit Little Professor Books on Friday at 3:30.


Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

What a kind gift and treasure!! I'm glad you had a great time! :) e

Patricia J. Weaver said...

darn... I wanted to see that shadow box ... Irene told me about it but I had to get home before those chickens got up... green eggs came out that way. Had a blast hanging with y'all

Irene Latham said...

Vicky, it was such a pleasure to have you! We want you to come back next book. xo

Ashes said...

I hate that I had to miss it! And as it turns out the rain made me miss my previous date-with-a-racecar anyway! Argh! Lovely shadow box! I admire folk with the 'eye' for gorgeous like that. Well done all, I wish I could have been there. Thanks for the recap which is the next best thing. :)