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on Saturday, 20 October 2012 in Uncategorized

It feels very good to be sleeping in my own bed after two weeks of hotels— a different one almost every night—and having my own cat purring on my lap, and my dog at my feet again.  (The dog has a touch of diarrhea after being in a kennel, eating a different kind of food, for so long; but that is a topic best glossed over).  I have several more engagagements coming up: Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA, Monday ngiht; Porter Square Books, Cambrigde, MA, Tuesday night; and the Conocrd (MA) Public Library next Saturday night. But those are all local and I won't have to stand in a  security line in order to get there.

It was a good trip (and productive, I guess, since SON will be on tomorrow's NYT best-seller list) with few glitches, and with the unexpected bonnus of saying hi to a few unexpected people here and there: Torben Platt, the son of Annelise Platt, my Danish friend to whom "Number the Stars"is dedicated, lives in Iowa and brought his wife and daughter to my Iowa city event; Stuart Ruth, with whom I went to eighth grade in Tokyo in 1949, came to the San Francisco event; Bob Ryan, Houston lawyer who was a close high school friend of my son Grey and who flew to Germany for Grey's funeral in 1995, came to my Houston event; Margaret Holcombe, to whom "Bless This Mouse" is dedicated, lives in St. Paul, MN, and came to my event there; and I know there were others whom I am overlooking. I also had a quiet and wonderful afternon with my daughter in San Francisco.

Me, age 12, on the far left, second row; Stuart Ruth in the striped shirt in the middle of the first row.

(Just glancing now at that first row of boys, I am reciting their first names: Keith, David, Billy, Henry, Stuart, Bob, Mike, and Joe.  Having just come from a zillion book signings, many for boys that age, I can testify that today's 12-year-olds are, instead, named Noah, Dylan, Jack, Zachary, Tyler,  Ethan, Jake, and Ryan)



And when I was in Washington DC I happened on a display of photos from Patagonia at the Chilean Enbassy. I am going to Patagonia in January so it was an exciting glimpse of a beauitful place.

It is decidedly Fall here now. Leaves are golden and falling. In a couple of weeks I'll go up to Maine for Veterans' Day weekend and by then the trees will be bare there and the skies probably gray and bleak. But I have friends joining me, and tickts to a concert at Stone Mountain Arts Center

 

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Piper
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Piper Saturday, 20 October 2012

Welcome home :)

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Jo Anna Decker Sunday, 21 October 2012

Hello! I am a sixth grade teacher at Rockport - Fulton Middle School in Rockport, Tex. I teach ELAR and we are in the middle of reading your book The Giver. I do this every year and the students love it, as I do! I love to teach it as it has so many literary devices and figurative language in it.
I just received the book, Son and I cannot put it down. It is so good. I only wish I could have it signed by you. I know our librarian requested that you come to our school, but we found out that you do not come to schools anymore. How sad for us. My kids are so excited about your books. They are wanted me to hurry and finish Son and put it on the shelf for them. I told them they needed to finish the Giver first. Thank you for your books!
Jo Anna Decker

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Clay Monday, 22 October 2012

Welcome back home! I was able to see you when you came to Naperville and especially enjoyed your talk with us. My daughter enjoyed attending and was excited she could meet a "real, live author." She sped trough the Gooney Bird book and is on to others. Thank you for taking the time with us that evening, and the others you took along your trip. Son is a special book and I enjoyed it, I know my students will enjoy finding out Jonas does indeed live! Enjoy the leaves, and fall, winter is on its way.

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Anne Jorgensen Friday, 26 October 2012

Lois,
Having worked for many years at an Intermediate School library, I became a follower of yours after reading The Giver. Now retired, I was delighted to see that you have a new book, Son, which I "devoured" in 2 evenings...just couldn't put it down. You may write for children but you have a big fan club with us "senior citizens" as well. Amazing story by an amazing author! Thanks!!

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Karin Friday, 26 October 2012

It was so nice to see you in person at Porter Square Books after so many years of enjoying your work. I was the one with the blond toddler who was very patient with his somewhat starstruck mom :) I have Son on my nightstand and can't wait to start reading it.

By the way, I am trying to figure out if you and I were at the Harvard farmers market earlier that day, tasting cookies. If so, I hope you bought some cookies too - they were delicious.

It was nice to see the bookstore so packed of readers of all different ages. What a nice warm up for the book festival tomorrow.

Best regards,
Karin T
(daughter of a Gov Island kid)

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