Then, there are the Not Ordinary Days, when I visit schools and libraries and meet breathing-talking-laughing readers, and it's AMAZING.
Yesterday was one of those.
It started off at Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers in Farmington, Maine. This is where I found the wonderful Kenny Brechner, who put this day together. Kenny had read my new book, Out of Nowhere, and thought it would be a good fit for high school readers.
|Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers|
Kenny's also pretty savvy about the realities of school library budgets, and is keenly aware that rural schools can't afford to purchase scores of hardcover books for readers or fork out big fees to visiting authors. So, he found a sponsor, Franklin Savings Bank, to pay for the books, and when I agreed to donate my time, we were off. Kenny was my fearless driver for the day, and took me everywhere I needed to be, on time!
We began at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, where they put together a whole day of activities surrounding diversity and immigration issues. Mt. Blue is currently under construction, so it was a bit dicey finding the entrance, but once we made our way in we were amazed at the beautiful space created for the students. The cafeteria, usually not a high point for any public school, is more like an airy college student center, with lofty ceilings and bright, natural light pouring in.
We were led to this room I can only describe as an amphitheater. It was filled with kids who had read, or were reading, Out of Nowhere, and I had a full hour with them, reading from the book and answering questions. In the audience were four young women, now in college, who had graduated from Lewiston High School (Lewiston was the inspiration for much that transpires in Out of Nowhere) two years ago, and it was a real privilege to hear from them and get their insights into their community.
|From left: Allie Butler, Lindsay Profunno, Veronica Beaudoin|
and Sydnie Racine, all LHS grads.
|Mt. Blue panel discussion.|
|Me with Lori Littlefield|
|At Mt. Abram High in Strong, Maine|