First up was the Wisconsin Book Festival, in Madison.
A pretty city on a pretty day.
How cool is that??
I also met up with some writing friends who live nearby, and who I don't get to see often enough:
author Pam Beres and me
author Georgia Beaverson and me
It was a special treat to see Brian Farrey, my editor at Flux, and author of The Vengekeep Prophecies, just released this month:
Just a coupla midgrade fantasy authors showing off their new books.
Best of all, I got to meet some awesome librarians: Crystal Brunelle from Northern Hills Elementary School in Onalaska, WI; and Sarah W, who blogs at PageInTraining.
Thanks also to the Wisconsin Book Festival and the Wisconsin Humanities Council for hosting all the events around Madison.
I finished the day in the company of authors Brian Lies, W.H. Beck, Georgia Beaverson, and good-sport spouses. And of course, my sister Steph, who never missed a beat because she is the person we all want to reach: a well-spoken and thoughtful reader.
There were pints of beer and plates of fried cheese curds, too. Because, after all, this is Wisconsin.