Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pre-Party Checklist

Books of WonderImage by Robert Hoge via Flickr
First: Breathe deeply, or that's what I've been told, and I'm trying!

The world keeps turning on it's axis: Edges launched on Tuesday and we're going to celebrate in the city tonight at Books of Wonder. Husband and I have bought 64 cupcakes and 64 brownies for the occasion. Check. I have been striving for a state just below shameless self-promotion on Facebook and Twitter, and hope I haven't been too annoying. I've listed another giveaway on Goodreads - this time the odds are slightly better with two signed copies in the mix. Check.

Next for the day is to live my life: supervise oldest son making lunch, followed by a trip to the city - first stop will be Book Culture on 114th and Broadway to sign copies of Edges, and then we will go to Macy's for our annual visit to Santa. I LOVE Santa! Just because we moved to the 'burbs doesn't mean we have to do away with this tradition!

I got some great news yesterday: I'll be in Washington DC on December 19th at Round House Theater to see their staged production of A Wrinkle in Time adapted by John Glore - not only have I been invited to do a talk-back with the audience after the show, but they want to sell Edges in the lobby after that performance! And I never even asked or thought of that as a possibility! Thanks go out to friend Katherine Freedman, who works there and who has been lobbying for me to come and visit her since the fall and I'm sure has something to do with this!

So tonight I celebrate, and put all of the hard work on Edges behind me. Family, friends and many from the YA community are going to be stepping out with love and encouragement behind their smiles. (I even have a long lost cousin coming - someone I haven't seen in over 30 years!)

If you can't come, I urge you to celebrate your own accomplishments too. We all have them, but if you're anything like me, you hide from them, downplay them. I think this is part of the reason I am so passionate about working with kids and teens, and getting them to step up and put their work out there with pride sooner than later. (Open Mic events at Borders in Mt. Kisco, December 11th and 17th!)

Check back tomorrow, and I'll recap the event!


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  1. Lena, have a wonderful time tonight. I'll be spending the evening working with my own group of writers. We'll be sending good energy to you from across the river. Enjoy every moment. You've earned it!

  2. Wish I could be there. I will be thinking of you and celebrating for you!

  3. Enjoy your night! Please take photos to share.

    This week I wanted a signed copy of Edges, this morning I looked up information about the production of Wrinkle, and now I read your post. Is there any chance I can get my copy autographed on the 19th?

  4. Thank you Judith and Alison - I had a great time!

    And Kristy - will you be in DC that weekend? I soooo want to meet you and I would LOVE to sign a book! We're still working details out about having EDGES at the theater. There's a snafu because evidently, there needs to be a bookseller available to come to the theater. Know anybody whose available from 4:30 to 5:30 on Sunday, 12/19?

  5. I hope to be in DC that weekend!

    I know several booksellers in Richmond. One option is to contact Kelly Justice, owner of Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Va. Kelly is also president of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and might be able to suggest a good bookstore in the DC area.

  6. Hey Kristi - I just got word that it's all going to work out with the books! Yay!

    We're driving down to DC on the 18th and returning on the 20th. Hope to see you!

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