Happy Labor Day to my U.S. readers! It’s a holiday for me so I’m going to hang out with the kids and hopefully do some reading. Here’s some photos from this weekend’s National Book Festival. I’ll write a more in depth recap later this week.
I met Lisa See, who spoke about her family history and being constantly asked why she felt compelled to write stories about Chinese and Chinese American women. Her grandfather is Chinese–she wrote about her family’s history in On Gold Mountain. She also shared her research on her latest bestseller China Dolls.
Lisa See is funny and very articulate. You should follow her on Twitter! I had fun chatting with her there.
I had the opportunity to attend the National Book Festival Gala at the Library of Congress as a guest of PBS Kids (I’m a blogger ambassador for them over at I’m Not the Nanny.) I love this display of programs of past book festivals.
I can’t remember who had the Peeps table, but my kids got a kick out of the quidditch match from Harry Peeper (get it? Harry Potter?).
My daughter (and dad) waited over an hour to meet Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series, and to get her book signed. I was really impressed that she actually waited! She also asked Dav Pilkey when the next Captain Underpants book would be out. The answer is: next year.
Did you make it to the National Book Festival?