Yesterday was pretty terrific, because I got to spend it visiting schools with my wife — and, as it happens, My Favorite Author in the Whole Wide World — Jennifer Ziegler.
Even better, we were not presenting at the same time, so Jennifer and I got to watch each other at work. This was such a treat for me, y’all, because she is so good at what she does. Jennifer has a great rapport with kids —
— and is generous as can be about sharing her writing advice, messy/marked-up drafts, and egregious typos.
We spent the day at schools in the Houston area. “These are some of my books,” Jennifer told her audience. “They are all set in Texas, because when I was growing up, all the books I read were set in New York for some reason.”
Then she told them about the time a New York copyeditor marked on a manuscript, “Tacos are not a breakfast food.”
This being Texas, where breakfast tacos are indeed a thing, 500 sixth-graders gasped.
But, she assured them, she stood up for breakfast tacos, and that’s what the Brewster Triplets ate in Revenge of the Angels.
At that point, a cafeteria full of sixth-graders cheered for Jennifer Ziegler. And for breakfast tacos.
Just to prove that I did indeed do a presentation of my own, here are a few photos of me discussing my What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.
But I like the pictures of Jennifer better — I could watch her talk to students all day, and I highly recommend that you give it a try.