I just can't say enough great things about the Montgomery Book Festival. It was such an honor to be invited to this event coordinated by the awesome librarian duo of Tabatha Perry and Natasha Benway. Over 1,000 teens attended in addition to numerous parents, teachers, and other adults.
Anita Bunkley was the most seasoned author on our panel. She's published numerous books including Emily: The Yellow Rose and she won a Career Achievement Award in African American Fiction from Romantic Times Magazine.
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On February 2, I went to The Woodlands near Houston, Texas for the Montgomery Book Festival. Author Jonathan Maberry was one of the keynote speakers, and in honor of his Rot and Ruin series members of the Zombie Walk were on hand for photographs. These zoms may look terrifying, but they're all heart. The Zombie Walk has nine different events currently scheduled for 2013 to raise money for local children's charities.
Speaking of Zombies and Jonathan Maberry, he is awesome and so are his books. I had the chance to talk with him at the Friday night author social prior to the festival. He is a fellow Crowe's Nester, meaning that he and I both share the fabulous Sara Crowe as an agent. Check out her wonderful industry blog at the Crowe's Nest.
I'm currently reading Rot and Ruin and can't wait to share it with my students. I wrote a spoof of his series to the tune of Jingle Bells. It's called Have a Very Zombie Christmas and several members of SCBWI helped me sing it during our Holiday party in December. Jonathan's take on zombies is intelligent as well as philosophical, with a little bit of zen sprinkled into the mix.
I must commend the coordinators of the event, Montgomery County Librarians, Tabatha Perry and Natasha Benway. They were meticulous down to the last detail and even went so far as to make sure I had sugar free dark chocolate in my goody bag upon check-in at the hotel. I'm currently on a sugar free diet. Thanks again to everyone who helped to make this such a magical (and spooky) event.