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Martha Hannah & Larry Dowell Participate in the SCBWI Winter Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Lakeline

November 20, 2007 by Martha Hannah

Warm and inviting, Lakeline’s cosmopolitan Barnes & Noble was the perfect location for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Winter Book Fair on November 18th and for signing copies of our book, ‘The Ghost of Hampton Court’. Our signing tables surrounded the café as fragrances of warm gourmet coffee wafted over us while we chatted with a great mix of wonderful interesting and literate people including Albertina and Sigrid from Italy and Germany (which made us homesick for European travels). Retired teacher and Wheeling, West Virginia native, Karen dropped by to talk. How could I ever forget my first professional acting job performing on a regional dinner theatre circuit, first stop, the jubilantly-packed-every-night dinner theatre in Hurricane, West Virginia?  Was that another lifetime ago? But, Karen knew exactly where that was. What a small world! Excited about our book and my arts-in-education participatory teaching, Karen also loved the approach of Larry’s amazing illustrations in our book. What a lovely lady!

How lucky can we be? Not only getting to schmooze with great people attending the book fair to talk about life and books and education, but Larry and I also got to share the good fellowship of many talented Austin SCBWI members which included Lila Guzman, Brian Anderson, Francis Hill, Christy Stallop and Janice & Tom Shefelman, just to name a few. Organized by hard-working SCBWI members, Donna Bratton, Tim Crow & Carmen Oliver, the SCBWI Winter Book Fair was most enjoyable and certainly a big success!

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