The Southern Festival of Books
I know it’s crazy, but this was my first book festival. I printed the schedule for the day and highlighted all of the authors that I would be interested in hearing. Walking into the Nashville Public Library was like a movie. It is absolutely gorgeous and huge!!! There were three stories of books and rooms to hear about books!
First up on my list was a panel of three authors: Erin McGill, Alysson Bourque, and Jessica Young. They have all written books where an animal is the main character. I think I was smiling the entire time. It is just so fun for me to hear illustrators and authors speak about how they got to the finished product of a book, on a shelf, in bookstores.
Next, was Javaka Steptoe. His most recent book is titled, Radiant Child. It is a picture book about the early life of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Javaka has won at least two awards for this book. I love that he is an artist, who wrote a book about an artist.
Lastly, I heard two brilliant authors: Stacy McAnulty and Judy Schachner. Stacy wrote a book I have reviewed recently, so I was honored to meet her. She has written a long line of spectacular books, most recently, Brave. Stacy was there to speak about a book I must get called, Sarabella’s Thinking Cap. They were both incredibly interesting people. Stacy was a engineer who worked on seating for airplanes and Stacy designed greeting cards for Hallmark.
This was a day I will remember forever. Thank you Humanities Tennessee for putting on such a spectacular festival. Also, thank you to Joshua, who was very patient with my pictures and excitement over children’s books!