Lois Lowry's Blog
I am expecting my brother and his wife to arrive from Virginia today! This is exciting . Last spring, when Martin died, Jon and Freda loaded up their car and headed here...along with Kuzo, their Macaw, who couldn't be left behind...and stayed the whole summer, both to keep me company but also to help me with things that seemed at the time overwhelming. Then, in September, they disappeared again, the way magicians do.
And now upon hearing my schedule for this spring...Bologna, Chicago, Saskatchewan, Punta Cana, Spokane, Minneapolis....Jon announced: "We'll be there Friday." I expect they are somewhere in Pennsylvania or New York as I write this.
This spring I am not so much overwhelmed as I am simply juggling. Too many trips, too many commitments, too complicated logistics. Cat to neighbor. Dog to kennel. Me to airport. Tax stuff to accountant. Etc. etc. Once again my dear brother and sister-in-law will settle in and alleviate the stress. I cannot thank them enough.
I leave tomorrow night for Munich, and from there to Bologna, arriving Sunday. Here is a lovely party invitation:
A party at a palazzo! Imagine that! And in honor of SON, which looks like this in its eariiest incarnation:
The three preceding books will be re-jacketed to give them all this same mysterious and beautiful look.
Yesterday the committee that selects the winner/s of the PEN Susan Bloom Discovery Award each year convened at my house and as we do each March, went through the stacks of manuscripts to make the final choice.
Two members, Mitali Perkins and Pat Lowry Collins, were not able to be there; and two others...Lisa Jahn-Clough and Robie Harris...did their part from long distance. But here are Leslie Sills, Susan Bloom, Kim Ablon Whitney, Liza Ketchum, Susan Goodman, and me behind the camera.. It looks to me as if by the time I took this photo we had whittled it down to nine or ten under final consideration. By the end of some hours, two co-winners had emerged who will be honored at a gathering on May 6th. It's such fun to do this each year. And we have just heard that one of last year's winners in under contract for publication. We have a pretty good track record that way and some of our "discoveries" have gone on to successful careers.
Lulu had to be banished to the basement because she wanted to prance and cavort among the manuscripts. Later, when she reappeared, all the manuscripts were put away but there was sill an empty bag that had held muffins:
A week from tomorrow, after returning from Italy, I will be in Chicago for a performance of THE GIVER at Adventure Stage. If you go to their website http://www.adventurestage.org/ you can see a fascinating video having to do with some of the staging.