If we thought the first day was jam packed with book stuff, there was much more in store!
The second day kicked off for us with a book signing of our Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic novels, including WARP SPEED. Here we are with uber author Blake Nelson . . .
There were lots of other Scholastic authors hanging around, like "Everyone's Favorite Author" Mark Teague . . .
The last time Mark and I were at this festival together, there were tragic consequences -- at least for me . . .
Peepy was thrilled to see her guardian, Pam Munoz Ryan, especially since she was thirsty and Pam had a beverage . . .
Pam always takes good care of Peeps, and earlier this year when Peepy went to Pam's house, Pam set her up on a date . . .
It was fun wandering around the book festival and seeing old friends, and new. The LAYAs (LA Young Adult Authors) were in full force at the LAYAPalooza . . .
Who put it all together? Why, the LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS editor, author Cecil Castellucci, that's who!
After the LAYAPalooza, we ran into Andrew Smith, who gave Son an ARC of STICK, his new book, plus some other great swag!!!
Oh, look! It's Lisa McMann and Neal Shusterman . . .
The last time we saw Neal we went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter together . . .
Emmy-winning creator of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy (and celebrity judge), Bob Boyle was there signing HUGO AND THE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY LONG STRING . . .
Soon it was that time. Yes, we needed a snack! So we called on our pal National Book Awardee Judy Blundell to give us a tour of the Green Room . . .
Sonya Sones was there with her husband, Bennett Tramor. He wrote/produced SAVED BY THE BELL, and in another life, Judy wrote some of the books from the popular TV series. However, they had never met . . . but we got that taken care of!!!
I wasn't the only one with a camera. (Actually, I use my iPhone to take my photos.) Not only is Sonya a great author, but she's a great photographer, too. She took this photo of Judy and Moi . . .
(You're gonna want to check out the other authors Sonya's taken photos of HERE.)
But the event everyone at the festival was waiting for was this wresting match . . .
And the winner was . . . PEEPY! She was crowned the champ by non other than the winner of the LA TIMES Book Prize for YA Literature, Megan Whalen Turner!!!
HOORAY for another great Book Festival!!!
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