Bookish things? Yes, Bookish things!

I haven’t been blogging but I have been doing bookish things, my friends.

On April 8th, at Mystery to Me Bookstore in Madison, WI, I had the pleasure of hearing Kevin Henkes speak about his new book THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING IN IT. It was a lovely talk and he is a lovely person. My friend Caitlin and I noticed how the children in the audience were completely engaged the entire presentation. He talked about his craft, brought some process paintings and read his new book aloud to us. He even signed my childhood copy of OWEN! Check out my review of OWEN here. šŸ™‚

Kevin Henkes holding up his tiny book “dummy” which is his favorite part of book-making

On April 24th, I had the pleasure of seeing Tommy Orange speak at the Madison Public Library Central branch about his book THERE THERE. It was another wonderful talk and he is very kind person! I especially enjoyed how he talks about the craft of writing and the sovereignty of Indigenous nations. I was so happy to hear his love and respect for Toni Morrison. It was such a great chat.

And finally, on April 27th, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) at UW-Madison held its Open House and I got to talk to Kevin Henkes again. He gave the audience a very nice short speech where he incorporated lines from his new book.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Kevin Henkes was a Reference Assistant for the CCBC back in college?? He has a deep attachment to the space. What a perfect job for a young artist and writer.

Kevin Henkes speaking to the audience at the CCBC

April was pretty epic for book events. šŸ™‚


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