Author Update | Barbara Beery & Shannon Hale

Here it is, part three of last week’s authors (Pam Munoz Ryan & Frank Beddor were, respectively, parts 1 and 2). Saturday was a double-hitter, with Barbara Beery signing at 2 p.m. and Shannon Hale reading and signing at 4 p.m.

Fairies Cookbook by Barbara BeeryIn honor of Barbara’s new book, The Fairies Cookbook, we made cupcakes. I still can’t believe how fast those went! A tribute more to the love of free food than to my cooking abilities, I’m sure. And then there were her books. Just looking at them makes you hungry. Listening to Barbara talk cooking with three year olds is an unrepeatable experience, one I feel privileged to have had. These kids are the future Top Chefs of America! I wish that someone like Barbara had been around when I was growing up — I might not have lived on ramen for quite so long.

Barbara’s signing went so quickly, it was 3:30 before we knew it, and time to get ready for Shannon Hale and her newest, Book of a Thousand Days:

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

With Shannon Hale’s lyrical language, a forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.

Sadly, by that point in the day, it was raining. Deprived of our patio, we set up Shannon in the Children’s Room and her accompanying bluegrass band, the Stormy Mountain Boys, in the Mystery Room. We had quite a crowd, and it was pretty cozy, but absolutely worth it to see Shannon dressed up as her main character, along with her parents in the full glory of the clothing they brought back from Mongolia (the inspiration for the book). And, though the signing line moved on the slow side, there was cake and toe-tapping music from the band to keep everyone entertained and hopped up on sugar.

If you come into the Children’s Room today, you’ll see that we have plenty of copies of all of Barbara’s cookbooks, all signed, and lots of Shannon’s books as well

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