October 4th, 2008

West Hollywood Hobnobbing

Last weekend (I know, I know, I'm sorta behind here) I was at the West Hollywood Book Fair.

I used to live in West Hollywood when I was younger and chic-er. (Chicer?) My apartment was right off of the famed Sunset Strip, below the Roxy nightclub . . .
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Every night I'd go out clubbing with celebrities until the wee hours of the morning. I hardly remember any of it. Well, probably because it didn't happen. However, I did live in West Hollywood below the Roxy.

Oh! And when I was in college, my pals and I got arrested in West Hollywood for putting up Mummenschanz posters for our Cultural Events Committee. (Yep. The delinquent dweebness continues.)
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Oops! How'd that get there? That's not the Mummenschanz poster.

We got to see the inside of the West Hollywood Police Department. In my upcoming YA novel . . .
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So when Leigh Purtill invited me to be on a YA Panel at the Book Fair, I said yes! I was at the Fair last year when the Lisa Yee/Lisa See incident occurred and I hoped that this year they'd know that we were two different people.

Peepy and I parked at the what the local calls "The Blue Whale" . . .
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Oops. Wrong Blue Whale. Here's the correct one . . .
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Then it was off to the fabulous WeHo Book Fair . . .
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Before we went on, we hung out at in the Green Room with all the other authors . . .
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Francesca Lia Block was there prior to her interview with Mark London Williams . . .
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Then it was off to our panel. Even though Ray Bradbury was speaking at the same time, we still drew a crowd! Here's the crowd from the blimp and close up . . .
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Leigh moderated. The topic was “Tough Issues, Light Touches: Writing for Teens Without Turning Them Off” and the topic-ees included . . .
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(Above: Leigh, Moi, CG Watson, Janet Tashjian, and Joyce Lee Wong. We had a wonderful time!

Later it was time to wander the Book Fair . . .
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(That last photo is of Robert Wagner. It's hard to see, but I could tell he was looking right at me. Robert's an actor who was once married to Natalie Wood who was in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE starring James Dean, who Hollywood, a character in ABSOLUTELY MAYBE, is obsessed with. Um, I thought you'd want to know.)

Oh! And LOOK!!! This year they had my books and not Lisa See's!!!
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(I think I put Joyce to sleep.)

What's next? Well, soon I leave for Frisco, Texas where I'll visit nine schools and speak at Frisco Reads. I'll be sure to let you know all about it when I get back!


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