Thursday, April 29, 2010

Previously on Bound: Spring Inside Story Part 1

Last night a huge crowd of fans greeted 25 local authors and illustrators to celebrate their recently published children's books.
The event, called Inside Story, was held at Mockingbird Books, a newish, completely charming children's bookstore in Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood (their kid book clubs have snacks!!!) (And, um, more importantly, great book picks!!!)

SCBWIInside Story is a party that only happens twice a year, but has been going on for about a decade thanks to George Shannon and Laura McGee Kvasnosky, the event's originators. For many years, the Western Washington chapter of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has had its volunteers (in conjunction with different indie bookstores) put the event on. It is truly a book love fest.

The Inside Story is a free shindig -- local booksellers, media, and teacher/librarians are the main invitees. There's lots of wine and cheese and each author or illustrator speaks for three minutes about their book. They aren't allowed to read from their books, but sharing an 'inside story' about how the book came to be is the name of the game. In between presentations, there is a trivia quiz on children's books, and if you answer correctly you win one of the books being presented that night. At the end of the evening, there's more wine, cheese, and brownies and authors and illustrators sit and sign books.

Below is the first half of the list of presenters -- I'm blown away by the amount of talent we have in the Pacific Northwest and overjoyed that it rains so much -- I think that's why these 20+ talented people get so much done!

The RiverNest, Nook & CrannyWolf PieReading, Writing, 'Rithmetic

"The River" by Mary Jane Beaufrand
"Nest, Nook & Cranny" by Susan Blackaby
"Wolf Pie" and "Reading, Rhyming, and 'Rithmetic"
both illustrated by Liz Callen

It's Your First Day of School, Annie ClareMama, 
Will It Snow Tonight?Henrietta HornbuckleThe Other Half of My Heart

Arbor Day SquareEarthMoon BearDisasters

Charlie RussellRoy Morelli Steps Up to the PlateGuinea DogRunaway Twin
"Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist" by Lois V. Harris
"Roy Morelli Steps Up to the Plate" by Thatcher Heldring
"Guinea Dog" by Patrick Jennings
"Runaway Twin" by Peg Kehret

The other half tomorrow!

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