Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Virginia Festival of the Book--Here I Come!

Tomorrow after school, I'm heading to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Virginia Festival of the Book. I am so excited. For a book lover like me, four days of non-stop book events, warm weather and being surrounded by like-minded people, sounds like heaven. Wouldn't you agree?

I get to participate on two panels during the festival, one on travel writing and the other discussing the African-American experience in literature. Two of my favorite topics of discussion. What's more, I'll be sharing the stage on the African-American Voices panel with two Meltingpot author friends, Carleen Brice and Heidi Durrow.

And then of course I get to go to all of the other free events happening all day and night. And yes, I will be in line to meet Sonia Manzano, aka Maria from Sesame Street, to get her autograph for my kids. FYI, she's working on a memoir that I bet will be quite interesting. Would you read it? Do you think it will be full of scandals from behind the scenes at Sesame Street? I hope not. But I digress.

I wish you all could come with me. Maybe you can. It's going to be a great weekend for a drive down south on the East coast. Who's with me?


(BTW, Because I'll be away, I may not be able to post on Friday. Check in, just in case.)


Martine McDonald said...

Have a wonderful time! Wow. Books for days is my dream weekend. Wish I could be there to hear your panels. Enjoy time with Heidi D.--I'm crossing my fingers for her that a certain someone comes to see her read.

I would so read a memoir by Sonia Manzano. I was on two episodes of Sesame Street when I was 5 years old and I have a distinct memory of being afraid of "Maria"--but I think it was actually awe that she was three feet away and not in my television. I bet she would have amazing stories.

Rock on, Lori. Can't wait to read your new book when it comes out.


LT said...


You are so sweet! Thanks for all the love.