The Live Five interviews begin at 10:00AM this morning with Thanhha Lai, National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner for Inside Out and Back Again. (The whole schedule can be found here.) I think I’m ready–about fifty-four of the sixty questions I’ll be asking this weekend are completed and I know the missing six will present themselves in time. Somebody asked me the other day how I picked the questions, and it’s pretty simple: I read the author’s book, maybe do a little web-surfing to peek into his or her life and previous books, and think about what I want to know. Nobody gets to see the questions in advance: while I would never ask a gotcha question in this context, I do like a little spontaneity. It’s fun; you should come.
After a day in Disneyland with Deborah Stevenson of The Bulletin and Elizabeth Law of Egmont (favorite rides: It’s a Small World and the nauseatingly named Soarin’), I went to a really lovely dinner hosted by Farrar for Jack Gantos in honor of his Scott O’Dell Award for Dead End in Norvelt (wait, did that win something else? I’ll ask Jack this afternoon. Hey, only five to go!). Deborah was one of the judges so she was there, along with Pat Scales, Dean Schneider, Our Martha, and Lauren Gerber, Scott’s granddaughter, who thrilled Jack no end when she told him her brother had in childhood acquired the nickname Ralph for his love of Rotten Ralph, which Scott had given him! I also decided that we should give Jack an award for being the Best Dressed Man in children’s books, and I want to hire him as my personal shopper.
I’ll be at booth #2234 all day and hope to see you there.