I must have been crazy when I planned our return to school from Mardi Gras break.
On Monday, Bookmarked will be skyping with Corey Whaley, the author of Where Things Come Back. Corey recently moved back to Louisiana but in the northern part of the state. I was hoping that we could get him to visit us in person, but his schedule just wasn't going to allow it. He agreed to the skype, and I think that the students in Bookmarked will probably enjoy that visit almost as much.
|Open here to listen to interview with the author on The Reading Life|
Then on Tuesday, I was able to schedule Ruta Sepetys, author of Out of the Easy, to come visit us. She is making a world tour for her book, and her time in New Orleans is really tight. However, this book is set in New Orleans, and I had several students who read it and loved it. I thought it was one of the best books that I have read in a really long time. So I knew that I wanted her to visit Patrick Taylor. Unfortunately, she is coming during the lunch period, and we can't hold her talk in the cafeteria. We have to use a classroom which means fewer students get to meet her. If you want to know more about her and this wonderful book, please click here to listen to her interview on The Reading Life with Susan Larson at WWNO. The interview is about 15 minutes long, and it is at the beginning of the podcast.
On Wednesday, we are hosting Cory Doctorow, author of a slew of books, but he is touring to promote Homeland. He is on a busy tour also, and initially, I had heard that he was not going to make any school visits. Lucky for us that was just an ugly rumor. His stories are embedded with technology which holds a lot of appeal to the boys. It is hard to get high school boys interested in reading. I am hoping that there will be students clamoring to purchase his books when he finishes speaking. We have scheduled his talk with the entire high school. I think that it is going to be a blast, and I can't wait.