The Possibilities of a Variety of Saints
This Saturday I attended a book release party for The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas. Yes yes, the book is YA, but how could I resist an invitation that asked me to, "Make up your own saint specialty and come dressed for the part"?
Fair enough. So how do you go about creating a Be a Saint party? Well, first you take at look at the cover of you book. In this particular case it looks like this:
Next, you have a scrim printed out that resembles the background. And finally you get your very lovely husband Josh Dodes to take pictures of you and your guests. Here are a couple folks who were in attendance.
Authors Lisa Graff (The Thing About Georgie) as the Patron Saint of Book Jackets (to whom all smart writers pray) and Donna Freitas as the Patron Saint of the Oscar Gown.
Editor Cheryl Klein, Patron Saint of the Chrysler Building (you can’t tell here, but it actually lights up inside).
Editor Alvina Ling, Patron Saint of Delicious Candy (note the lollipop halo)
And finally . . .
Me. The Patron Saint of the Caldecott Medal.
I’ve stuck medals to the headband and I’m holding Highway Cats by Janet Taylor Lisle partly because it matches the dress and halo and partly because that’s what I happened to have in my bag to read on the subway that day.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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