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The Edge and DC KidLit Drink Night

I’ve returned from a long weekend which was equal parts complete delight in my toddler niece and emotionally draining upkeep of my mother. Ah, family. Gotta love ’em.

I’ve also wasted my one day that is both off work and at home sneezing my poor nose off. Delayed allergy attack from cleaning twenty pounds of pine needles off my mother’s roof? Oncoming cold to taint my good deed karma? A coup by my nose against my very face? Wish I could tell you.

I can find a little bit of peace in being able to post an announcement about the new Edge of the Forest issue instead of writing up something today. The issue includes an article I wrote, “Can A Funny Book Be Taken Seriously?” which included some great insights from some wonderful writers (who are particularly wonderful for responding to my article question quickly, much less at all). I can only hope it included some interesting bits from me. The Edge also features an interview with Sara Zarr, a discussion about readergirlz’ “31 Flavorite Authors for Teens,” many reviews of Young Adult novels, and even more for the low, low price of... nothing!

In other news, there looks to be a DC-brand KidLit Drink Night on Saturday, November 10th. Okay, it’s actually in Bethesda, Maryland, not DC, but we’re all one big regional family here. The new locale is the Rí~Rá Pub & Restaurant at 4931 Elm Street. There is a cheap parking garage across the street (its meters take change) and it’s about three blocks from the Bethesda Red Line Metro stop. I’ll be there along with writers Sara Lewis Holmes and Caroline Hickey, and you’re invited too! We’re meeting around 6:00 p.m. and staying until we get sick of each other. Come on out and hang with the cool crowd — oh, and me.

11 comments:

Sara said...

Can't wait. Did you get my email about riding together?

Minh Le said...

So the dc kidlit drink night is going to happen... and i'll be out of town! shoot. have fun... hopefully there'll be another one soon?

Caroline Hickey said...

I'm ready to party! We have a special guest coming as well, whose name I cannot reveal...

Minh le - send me your email address so I can add you to the DC Kidlit email blasts. My email is caroline at carolinehickeyDOTcom.

HipWriterMama said...

Some people have all the fun. Hope you have a great time!

Jennie said...

I'm sorry to miss you on Saturday... I'll be at a wedding, but I'm looking forward to the next one!

I liked your article on funny books. Did you see the musical number that Will Farrell and some other guys (sorry, brain blanking) did at the Oscars last year? Year before? About comedians being the saddest people on Oscar night? Hilarious.

Also, you forgot to mention the milk-out-your-nose-funny Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging which was a 2001 Printz honor.

MotherReader said...

Sara, I did but I am still figuring out the logistics which involve my working that afternoon. I'll get back to you.

Minh, aw dude, I was hoping to meet you. But yes, there will be other times.

Caroline, it's Bono, isn't it? Man, I can't make a hair appointment without that guy showing up.

Jennie and V. sorry that we'll miss you on this run, but we'll give plenty of notice and incentives for next time. (Incentives? Well, it could happen)

Little Willow said...

GREAT piece. Woo hoo for the ha ha.

Caroline Hickey said...

Yes, it's Bono. You nailed it!

Robin Brande said...

Mother Reader, great article you wrote for the Edge! I knew you were a good writer just from reading your blog, but that article is PRO! You've been holding out on us. You should be writing for magazines.

MotherReader said...

Thanks LW and Robin (and Sara from a different post) for the compliments on my article. I loved doing it but always worry that I'm not a real writer.

Bob Andelman said...

You might enjoy this audio interview with "Story of a Girl" and "Sweethearts" author Sara Zarr.
Bob