Last week, I noticed that Trenton Lee Stewart, the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society books, would be speaking at Vroman's to promote his new book, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.
So I asked Claire if she'd like to go, and she got very excited. :)
I was not able to take her myself :( because I had a meeting last night, but Bob was able to get off work early and take her, and they had a great time. Bob is a fun date. :) He estimates there were fifteen to twenty kids and ten to fifteen adults there.
Mr. Stewart did a presentation for fifteen or twenty minutes, and then took questions for half an hour or so. Then he signed books and gave away invisible pens.
The most interesting things to Bob were as follows: (1) That when Mr. Stewart goes on book tour, he is gone for weeks on end. Bob thanked him for coming out to see us Californians, because Mr. Stewart is away from his own sons when he tours. (2) That Mr. Stewart developed two of the characters in his books by splitting one character he had already created for a short story into two.
The most interesting things to Claire were as follows: (1) When Mr. Stewart signed her books. (2) When Mr. Stewart talked about his own sons. (3) When Mr. Stewart talked about Constance's Rude Poems. (Apparently he has had many requests for a separate book of Constance's Rude Poems, but he said he gave it a try and it didn't work out.)
Bob and Claire both said (1) Mr. Stewart seems like a really nice guy, and (2) he's very well-spoken and amusing. Today and tomorrow on his book tour he'll be up in the San Francisco area, and then Saturday he'll be in Vancouver, B.C.
Claire wrote "Yay!" and the date with her invisible pen. :)
Can you see it?