October 17, 2009:

Done. Done. Done. I finished the galleys for EXCEPT THE QUEEN (took about another four hours, including the xeroxing of the pages, collating, getting them ready for mailing on Monday.) But I am done.

Then I began working on my talk for Thursday down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for their BIG READ event. Not reading any of my books, mind you, but WIZARD OF EARTHSEA so it makes writing a talk tricky. Also because it’s for both kids and adults.

But the big event was in the evening: the 75th birthday party for Tomie dePaola at Michelson’s Gallery in Northampton, MA. A lot of my children’s book friends I hadn’t seen in months were there, including Jane Dyer, Kathy Brown, Lauren Mills, Dennis Nolan, Rebecca Guay, Jeanne Birdsall, Jarrett Krosoczka, Diane de Groat, David Milgrim, Bob Marstall, and others I am forgetting. And of course the irrepressible Tomie himself. After a lot of talking, joking, picture taking, browsing around the gallery, seven of us went off for dinner, meeting up with Glendon in the street and draggin her along with us.

Home tired, happy, feet hurt.

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