I’ll be at the Dakota County Heritage Library this Saturday, from 1-2pm, reading WORM LOVES WORM and talking about how pictures books are made.
So if you’re in the neighborhood, stop in, say “Hi!” and check out my “new-ish” pants.
This Saturday, at 10 am, I’ll be reading WORM LOVES WORM at Barnes & Noble in Edina
Stop by, hear me read, and then we can grab a hamburger (served with habit-forming “crispy potatoes”) that the StarTribune calls an “unexpected delight” and rates one of the best burgers of the year.
These “Power Paisleys” are from Loud Mouth Golf. I thought them fitting for this month pants since:
A) Paisley Park is here in Minnesota.
How this happened is beyond me, but I’m very happy and honored to be repping the North Star State. If we hadn’t moved here I would have never discovered Hamline’s MFAC program and WORM would never have been written.
So, if you know who it was that made WORM the rep of the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes, please let me know so I can thank them properly
by buying them some lutefisk taking them to a hockey game baking them a hot dish sending them a nice note.
The pants are from Bonobos and the award I won is from the Friends of St. Paul Public Library.
The photo on the left shows me accepting the Minnesota Book Award for Children’s Literature and saying that my winning was crazier than my pants. Honestly, I didn’t think WORM LOVES WORM was going to win at the April 8th awards ceremony.
The other photo is me with the other nominees, who are all amazingly talented authors/illustrators: Lauren Stringer, David LaRochell, and Mike Wohnoutka. (The other nominee, Alison McGhee, couldn’t attend.)
Not only are they enormously talented authors/illustrators but they’re also wonderful people who have welcomed me into Minnesota’s amazing KidLit community.
And, yes, I know, it’s been more like “pants of the every now and then, when J.J. remembers to update” rather than “pants of the month.” I promise to be better about updating the blog. If, at the beginning of next month, there are no new pants, then please send me a reminder. Or two.
It was so much FUN! Not only did I get to read WORM LOVES WORM out loud, in all my goofy voices, but we also got o talk about Star Wars, my next book, and, naturally, awesome pants.
So if you want to hear all the voices that live in my head go over and give it a listen right here.
WHEN A WORM meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next. They get married! But their friends want to know—who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: it doesn’t matter. Because Worm loves Worm.
This irresistible picture book is a celebration of love in all its splendid forms.
Join in the celebration January 5, 2016!
Event date: Sunday, January 17, 2016 – 1:00pm
Red Balloon Bookshop
You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of a worm . . . and a worm.
Join debut local author J.J. Austrian and Red Balloon bookshop for a special Worm Loves Worm storytime and launch party. We’ll have wormy wedding treats, book signing, and fun. The party starts at 1:00!