March 31, 2007:  Teen Book Festival, Fairport, NY

On March 31, I was a guest at the 2nd Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, and boy, did I have a great time!

After a quick drive up to Toronto to pick up my buddy, actor Lee Rumohr, we headed to Fairport, NY to join fellow YA writers Terry Trueman, Gail Giles, Tamora Pierce, Lauren Myracle, David Levithan, Cecil Castellucci, Barry Lyga, Nancy Werlin, Edward Averett, and Svetlana Chmakova for a weekend of fans, food, and fun!

Here are some pictures from the event:

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Tamora Pierce enjoys some
pre-dinner conversation with her “spouse-creature” Tim and my buddy Lee.

Rochester area librarians pose for a photo with Manga author Svetlana Chmakova.

Authors Cecil Castellucci and Barry Lyga with Barry’s girlfriend, Molly.

Dinner was held at Stephanie's Ristorante in Fairport.

More librarians showing some love to Svetlana!

Friends and authors Edward Averett and Terry Trueman.







Fairport Library’s Stephanie Squicciarini is the brains behind this annual event.

Stephanie greets the guest authors before dinner.

A thank-you in advance.

Ahhh...dinner is served.  And it was delicious!

Terry Trueman waits patiently for his meal...

A couple of Rochester’s
finest...librarians, that is.







What’s left of Tamora Pierce’s fettucini!  (Heading straight to eBay...)

Cecil tries on a new look.

A fine group shot.

Less so.

Lee with Olivia, Tamora, and Tim.

The day of the event...and a nice limo to take us there!







Ladies first...

Luckily, we all fit just fine.

Author Gail Giles tells Molly and me all about Texas.

A group of cheering teen fans greeted us on the red carpet!

Lauren Myracle stops to pose next to her star.

Inside the school, things are busy as we prepare for the exciting day ahead.







Teen volunteers made us all feel welcomed and special.

Terry was the keynote speaker at the opening address.

The authors on stage.

After the first round of breakout sessions with readers, it was time for lunch!

Authors Nancy Werlin and Svetlana Chmakova.

Gail Giles and Lauren Myracle get ready for the afternoon sessions.







Even librarians break for lunch!

You wouldn’t believe how many t-shirts I signed!

The crush of my fans...LOL.

Signing autographs.

Adults, girls, and boys all stopped by to say hello.

Posing with one of my biggest fans!







Yes, I did manage to keep signing books.

Terry Trueman with a teen fan of his own.

Lauren takes a break from signing to smile for the camera!

Barry and Molly.

Svetlana Chmakova drew quite a crowd.

Cecil poses for a shot in front of her poster.







Gail Giles chats with a fan.

Nancy Werlin poses with two amazing teen volunteers.

Tamora signed and signed and signed...

The Fairport High gymnasium.

Lee signed some copies of his DVDs for fans like Olivia.

Gail Giles poses with teen volunteers.







Author David Levithan signs a

Librarians just love author Edward Averett.

Lee and I take a pic in front of my poster.

Lee and Lauren.

Looks pretty
good, huh?

While all this is going on, Tamora still signs!!







Lee takes a break at my station.

Then decides he wants to be me!

David, Christine, and Cecil.

Edward and Terry at dinner.

Edward Averett, Terry Trueman, and Ronald Cree.  What more could you ask for??

Lee sticks close to Stephanie!







Stephanie and seems to be their color!

Terry bids the group farewell at the end of the evening.

Librarians rock!

Even these four...

...but especially those holding my book!

Lee at the
hotel...with my name on his