Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Authors are fun people too....

I love working at the library. I'm surrounded by books, kids and every once and awhile, I get invited to some pretty exciting events. Tonight, I was at a book preview for Amulet and Abrams Books. Author signings are great, but getting a chance to fold with another origami enthusiast? Even better. As you can probably guess from the cover of , The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, the author, Tom Angleberger is not a novice when it comes to origami. So we folded some stacking pagodas.

We got to hear each of the authors talk about their upcoming books. While I was listening, it struck me that just like books have a personality, authors have a tendency to match their creations. As a literal example, Erica Perl, the author of the witty, "Chicken Butt," actually has hats that match her books. One for Dotty, and one for Chicken Butt.

Tom Angleberger was donning a bowling shirt with Chewbacca embroidered above the pocket. The drawings that he's prepared for his new book have a humorous yet candid quality to them. He showed us all how to fold an origami yoda.

Rachel Wildavsky the author of the upcoming, Secret of Rover, was clean cut and looked like she could have stepped out of a top secret briefing. I was surprised to find out that she has a background in the newspaper business and knows a lot of details about D.C. It was also clear that she's passionate about writing.

Either way, it was a lot of fun hearing about some new books. It's like being a kid in a candy shop.

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