23 Apr

Big doings in Austin, San Antonio, and — next! — Fort Worth

It’s been quite a month, and I’ve got the pictures to prove it. And there’s more to come this week at the Texas Library Association conference in Fort Worth, which I imagine will be pretty well documented, too.

In addition to the TLA events I’ve already written about here, I’ll be signing books this Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Booth #1601. Joining me at the signing will be Don Tate, illustrator of my upcoming book The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, and Jennifer Ziegler, about whom I’ll say a little more at the end of this post.

On April 11, I participated in a literacy celebration hosted by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library here in Austin:

The event was part of a series of events sponsored by Macy’s, a longtime supporter of RIF. Authors Tim Tingle, Chris Barton and Cynthia Leitich Smith, who all have books featured in RIF’s Multicultural Book Collection, joined the festivities, along with Kay Gooch, a RIF Volunteer of the Year. Families from Book Spring, who participate in the RIF program in Austin, and Gullett Elementary School, who support RIF each year through the regional Read-A-Thon, heard from the authors and celebrated children’s books.

Here are a few of the images captured by AP photographer Jack Plunkett for RIF:

Tim Tingle with Saltypie, me with The Day-Glo Brothers, and Cynthia Leitich Smith with Jingle Dancer

Tim Tingle with Saltypie, me with The Day-Glo Brothers, and Cynthia Leitich Smith with Jingle Dancer

Cynthia Leitich Smith and me during our conversation with the audience

Cynthia Leitich Smith and me during our conversation with the audience

Tim, me, and Cynthia

Tim, me, and Cynthia

Signing The Day-Glo Brothers with my Day-Glo pen

Signing The Day-Glo Brothers with my Day-Glo pens

This past Sunday, I drove down to San Antonio to attend my first conference of the International Reading Association, where I appeared on a nonfiction panel consisting of…

Brian Floca, Meghan McCarthy, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Shana Corey, and me

Brian Floca, Meghan McCarthy, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Shana Corey, and me

mtn-20130421-IRA panel from Marc's view

mtn-20130421-Marc Chris Brian

Ordinarily, either of those events — to say nothing of TLA — would be the biggest thing about my month by far. But April 2013 has not been an ordinary month, because this has also been the month when I married the love of my life, author Jennifer Ziegler.

Photo by the marvelous Sam Bond

Photo by the marvelous Sam Bond

(See? I told you I’d have a little more to say about her…)

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