Books By The Banks – Cincinnati edition

When she found out my book, Queen of Physics, was going to be out this month, an author friend (now a dear friend after we spent 11 hours together on Saturday…LOL!) in my SCBWI chapter told me about a local book festival, Books By The Banks – Cincinnati. She said she was going and would love the company. So, I thought, why not? Because things always seem like a good idea several months before they happen.

Me, acting all author-like…hahaha!
Goofing off with Skila!

But, you know what? I did have a great time! Not only did I get to hang out with my friend, Skila Brown, but I also met a whole bunch of online friends in person for the first time!

These friends include Shauna Reynolds who is my Notable19s debut group buddy (you need to read her wonderful “Poetree” book):

And prolific author Laura Gehl (whose book, “I Got a Chicken For My Birthday” is a favorite of mine):

Then there is Ariel Berstein who wrote the positively sublime “I Have A Balloon”:

But the award for best prop goes to my 12×12 Picture Book Challenge friend Wendy Greenley for her cloud hat that goes with her gorgeous book, “Lola Shapes The Sky.”

I also met some new friends! This is Jay Kalagayan of the very cool MessedComics…the lovely model for his comic, V Chau, is the person on the right side of the photo.

I was also on a nonfiction panel with some fabulous authors: Mary Kay Carson, Julie Rubini, and Susan Goldman Rubin (whom I adore as she kept telling me how gorgeous I am…LOL!). There weren’t many attendees at the panel but it was still a fun program.

The book festival itself was quite well attended. It made me all warm and fuzzy inside when people stopped by to tell me how glad they are to see a book about a woman scientist…and a person of color at that! They all agreed that this is a much-needed book that provides someone little girls can look up to. I get a little teary-eyed just thinking about it. That heartwarming feeling negates all the naysayers who don’t appreciate my book.

And then the next day, Shauna texted me with this bit of good news:

I don’t pay much mind to accolades, but it was a nice way to end a terrific weekend (and also is another “pppttthhhhttt!” to the critics). 😀

Happy Halloween to everyone!