First of all, y’all, I’m on blog break this week, so I’ll see you on Sunday for your kicks. (That’s the first line of a poem, I think, that someone needs to complete.)
Secondly, I’m happy to announce:
Yes, Nashville! A Vanderbilt professor of Education (whose research focus is children’s lit and who, incidentally, will be part of the panel this Saturday for Steven Withrow’s documentary, so go see and hear!) contacted me with this wonderful idea, and that would be the moment in which I smacked my forehead and proclaimed, “Yes! Why didn’t I think of that earlier?” Brilliant, I say. Brilliant notion.
Many of us not in New York City read with a happy kind of envy about Betsy Bird’s Kidlit Drink Nights up in the Big Apple (you know, like this); well, now middle Tennessee has one. Though I have absolutely no idea how many Tennesseans read my blog, here are the details. Be there, or be square. Or be there and be square. I have a soft spot in my heart for nerds, you know.
Here’s the announcement we’re emailing folks. If you’re a kidlit person in middle Tennessee, this is for you, too:
We have decided that, since imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, it is time to duplicate the KidLit Drink Night held monthly in NYC. Yes, our bars are just as great as those in the Big Apple…
So come help us kick it off:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12
6:30 – 8:30
Patterson House (We really want to spell it Paterson)
1711 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203
KidLit Drink Night Nashville Organizational Crew: Ann Neely and Julie Danielson*. Let us hear from you if you want to be a part of this in the future
but can’t come on the 12th.
*(I didn’t write that fun announcement, but Julie Danielson is me, of course, so holler if you need more details.)