Friday, March 18, 2011

Off to Missouri

It's now officially spring break, and tomorrow morning at 7:52 a.m. I'll be on the bus to the airport to fly to Kansas City and then ride to Warrensburg, Missouri, to attend the Children's Literature Festival sponsored by the University of Central Missouri. I've lost count of how many times I've gone - fifteen? At least a dozen.

The festival takes place during their spring break, which this year also falls during our spring break at CU. The whole campus is turned over to dozens of authors and thousands of school children, arriving by the busload from schools within a three-hour radius of Warrensburg. Each author gives four talks a day; each group of children gets the chance to hear four authors a day. It's intense and wonderful.

The most fun is reconnecting with the other authors, who come back year after year as I do. We'll have dinner the first night at Heroes, in downtown Warrensburg. The next morning we'll take a long walk to look at cows, followed by a luncheon and book signing/reception. Monday and Tuesday we give our talks. Monday after the talks we'll go buy shoes at an old-timey shoe store downtown right near Heroes; this has become a festival tradition. That night we'll have dinner catered for us in the university library. Then on Tuesday I'll leave to go spend Wednesday speaking at Chapel Hill Elementary near Kansas City, and then I'll fly home.

With at least one new pair of shoes in my suitcase.

1 comment:

  1. So you're coming back with a new pair of shoes probably because of all the walking, but do tell us what sort of shoes--will they have fairy dust sprinkled on them? Sounds like a super terrific event!