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I happen to know that the answer is "Meeting an entire room full of illustrators whose work you admire."

Today, my intrepid friend Lisa (first-grade teacher extraordinaire) and I schlepped to Haverford, PA to attend "The Art of Illustration: A Children's Book Fair" where the following illustrators were officially in attendance:

Gene Barretta - Now and Ben/Jack the Tripper
Brian Biggs- Roscoe Riley Rules/ Shredderman Series
Nick Bruel- Bad Kitty/ Poor Puppy
E.B. Lewis- Coming on Home Soon/Across the Alley
Bob McLeod- Superhero ABC
Lisa Papp – My Mom’s Wedding/ P is for Princess
Robert Papp – Titanicat/ The Scarlet Stocking Spy
Matt Phelan- The New Girl/ Very Hairy Bear
Deborah Kogan Ray- Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Loved to Draw
Roger Roth-The American Story/The Mary Celeste
Judy Schachner- Skippyjohn Jones/Grannyman
David Wiesner- Flotsam/ Tuesday
Kaethe Zemach-Eating Up Gladys/Just Enough and Not Too Much

I also got to see Adam Rex (and meet his lovely wife), who were in attendance to hear Brian Biggs give his presentation. Brian's presentation rocked, and folks looking for an illustrator (soon to be an author/illustrator) for school visits would all be thrilled with Brian. No lie. And I got to hear the tail/tale end of Nick Bruehl's presentation, as he read from Bad Kitty and talked a bit about his new Bad Kitty chapter books. I also spoke with E.B. Lewis (while he signed books for me - good lord, but I love that man's artwork) and David Wiesner, who signed the copy of Flotsam I'd just purchased from the lovely folks at Children's Book World.

Oh. And I lined up at least one interview for the near future here at Writing and Ruminating. As long as a notoriously Bad Kitty doesn't interfere!

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lizjonesbooks
Feb. 8th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Very cool!
:D
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
:)
tamarak
Feb. 8th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, but that sounds like a great way to spend the day....
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
It was awesome!
kristydempsey
Feb. 9th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Sigh...what a wonderful day. I have a crush on E.B. Lewis's art. Or on E.B. Lewis. Whatever.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Both. He was decidedly a good-looking man (and a sharp dresser!), and his artwork is completely swoon-inducing. Wait until you see the art in the two new books he's got coming out!
deenaml
Feb. 9th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Eeee! Jealous!!!! Adam Rex??? David Wiesner???
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
I know! (I may have been the only "regular citizen" who accosted Adam Rex - I'd met him once before, so I knew who he was at once. I'm so glad, too, since I got to congratulate him on the success of some of his recent projects.)
amanda_marrone
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh, that reminds me that I've been wanting to move The True Meaning of Smeckday to the top of my pile.

Sounds like a heavenly day!
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Es war gut!
writerjenn
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
:-)
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
:)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Tanita Says :)
Ooh! I LOVE me some Bad Kitty! Can't wait for that!
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)
Nick was a super-nice guy to meet and chat with. It should be a fun interview!
lizannewrites
Feb. 9th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
What an excellent day!
WoW!
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: What an excellent day!
It was pretty great!
davidlubar
Feb. 9th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
Wow -- didn't even know this was happening, or I would have been tempted. What an amazing group of talented artists.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
They do an even bigger gathering in the fall - I'll be sure to forward you the info when I get it.
giogas
Feb. 9th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Ooo. That's right near friends of ours AND Roscoe Riley Rules is a HUGE hit in my house of 2 reluctant readers. We're anxiously (not) waiting for March when the next one is released. Sounds like a great time.

Are you coming to Nashua?
kellyrfineman
Feb. 9th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
I am coming. And sending you my much-delayed MS in today's mail (10 pages of gnomes, no less). Can't wait to see you again!

Oh - and Brian Biggs was absolutely amazing doing his presentation. Talk about a great guy!
janel_harrison
Feb. 9th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
So glad you had such an awesome adventure:)and thanks for sharing.
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