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.
Naturally, eating outdoors isn’t a Western invention, nor is it a new one. From National Geographic, a collection of fascinating pictures of picnics then and now, here and there, morning or afternoon, young or old: Nice Day for a Picnic
Now this is artsy picnicking. The city of West Palm Beach, Florida, has enlisted the skills of local artists to paint picnic tables depicting classic Aesop tales. How do you choose which one to sit at?