If you're in Fairfield County, Connecticut, on Saturday, March 31st, stop by and say howdy! I am lucky to be part of the Festival of Words, an all-day multicultural shindig celebrating books, storytelling, and music. Featuring plenty of children's programming and hosted by Norwalk Community College, the event kicks off with a keynote speech by Charles Shields, the author of Mockingbird: A Biography of Harper Lee. Norwalkers are reading To Kill a Mockingbird as part of the NEA's Big Read initiative.
At noon, the author and illustrator Lizzy Rockwell moderates a panel discussion (for grown-ups) with Alan Katz, Sari Bodi, and myself. We'll be talking about children's books, and I will sneak in a word or two about blogging. Alan Katz wrote the funny picture books Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs and Are You Quite Polite?, among many others. Sari's time-travelling YA novel, The Ghost in Allie's Pool, hits the bookstores in May.
Also on the bill that day are storytelling, a kids' open-mike reading, more authors (Neela Vaswani and Chandra Prasad), a graphics novel presentation (Alisa Kwitney and Jodi Novins), children's workshops, and a bodacious exhibition area of community organizations and a few publishers' representatives.
For a complete schedule, visit the Festival of Words web site. I hope to see you in Norwalk on Saturday!