The Lemony Snicket Prize, 2017

This weekend, the American Library Association holds its semi-annual meeting in Chicago and I’ll be attending a party for brave librarian Steven Woolfolk of the Kansas City Library, who has won this year’s Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity (LSPNLFA). Here’s more about the prize and why Mr. Woolfolk won it. I’m awfully curious about the “odd, symbolic object” he’ll be getting from Daniel Handler’s collection (These pictures are some of the odd things I am imagining). I’ll also be meeting, in person (!), Lisa Brown, the illustrator for a forthcoming picture book written by me, Lemony Snicket, AND also meeting my editor for both The Pickwicks’ Picnic and the book with Lisa B.

Fair-ly Extraordinary

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It was the Illinois State Fair. I was a guest in the Lt. Governor’s tent, and got to know some of the Illinois Reads professionals. Also, I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with author Joan Bauer! Later that day, I ate one corn dog, one strawberry crepe, and a root beer float. Then I didn’t feel so good for a while.

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Visitors to the tent stop to chat.

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This is the second year of the Illinois Reading Council’s statewide program.

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They had a photo booth for fairgoers to make a memory. Here, I pose with Julie Hoffman, one of the brilliant and dedicated IRC Illinois Reads committee members.

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I read WINNIE FINN, WORM FARMER probably four or five times that afternoon!