Lisa Yee (lisayee) wrote,

Behind-the-Scenes at the LA TIMES Festival of Books

This weekend was the biggest book festival in the country . . .

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In the past it was held at UCLA, but this year it was at my alma mater, USC . . .

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When I checked into my hotel, the bellman asked if I needed help with my luggage . . .

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It was Jarrett Krosoczka! Funny, but all this time I had thought he was a bestselling author/illustrator and one of this year's Children's Choice Award Winners.

Soon it was time for lunch with a people who are good at drawing. Here's Tom Warburton and Marla Frazee . . .

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(No Peeps were actually harmed.)

Also at lunch were Dan Santat (left) and Mo Willems, who was scheduled to be on the Target Stage . . .

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I was booked for the Target Stage, too . . .

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Backstage in the Green Room, I ran into R.L. Stine. The last time we met, things were, um, tense between us, because we were competing against each other in this Game Show hosted by Jon Scieszka . . .

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This time, however, we played nice . . .

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Megan McDonald was there, too! Megan and I had done the Julie and Ivy books for American Girl. (She wrote the Julie's stories, I wrote Ivy's.)

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Megan's fabulous Judy Moody books have been made into a movie! It'll be out in June, but in the meantime, here's Jordana Beatty, the star of the film . . .

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Then Jarrett showed up (again) . . .
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It was so cool because I got to introduce Jarrett to Megan --and they were huge fans of each other's work!

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I also hung out with Jamie Lee Curtis . . .

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(Okay, okay, well, our posters hung out together.)

Here are some super secret shots of the backstage area . . .

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Oh, look! It's Shammy Dee, the emcee . . .

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Three . . . two . . . one . . . oh wait. I had to get the microphone on first . . .

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Okay! Let's try that again. Three . . . two . . . one . . . I was on stage . . .

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It was so fun talking about my American Girl books, ALOHA, KANANI and GOOD JOB, KANANI!!!

Then it was time to sign books. Peepy and I had our own security detail to take us to the autograph table!

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Soon, we'll be blogging about the second day of the festival, the book signing for WARP SPEED and other novels at the Scholastic booth, more famous authors, and what's going on here . . .

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In the meantime . . .

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Disclaimer: No proofreaders were harmed (or even used) in the creation of this blog.

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