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"I Cannot Live Without Books." --Thomas Jefferson

September 27th, 2008 (05:49 pm)
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I spent much of today at the Library of Congress's 2008 National Book Festival. I never managed to meet up with my BookCrossing friends. But I did get to meet one of my writing idols, Joseph Bruchac, as well as children's book legend Judith Viorst (she wrote the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, among other books) and a long list of other authors.
 
One of them was Louis Bayard. A few years ago, I saw his byline in the Washington Post Magazine and wondered if this was the same Louis Bayard with whom I attended sixth grade. He had already written a few literary novels and has written more since then, but I never found a way to contact him -- until today. I brought our class picture (Ms. Bernstein's class) from Keene Mill Elementary to show him. It was him, all right! We reminisced a few minutes, especially about our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, in which I played Titania and fell madly in love with him as Bottom in the donkey's mask. Anyway, here's a link to his latest book, which I haven't read yet: The Black Tower: Louis Bayard. It was fun to talk to him, after all these years.  And despite semi-wet weather, long lines, and big crowds, the festival was loads of fun.

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Posted by: Lawrence M. Schoen (klingonguy)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
LEGO

In seventh grade (first year of Junior High) English class, we did A Midsummer Night's Dream.

I played the wall, in the play within the play.

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)

I had a long, rocky road to elementary-school MND stardom. In the fifth grade production, I played one of Titania's fairy attendants who sing "Lulla, Lulla, Lullabye," before getting the part of Titania the next year.

Posted by: the artist formerly known as kytyn (melydia)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
bookcrossing

Sorry we missed you, but we met on the steps at 2pm, not 10am! Oh well, miscommunication happens. Glad you had a good time!

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)

Well, that sucks. Where did I get it in my head that we were meeting at 10??? I admit I was having a particularly clueless day yesterday. Sorry I missed you all!

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