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Notes from the road – Washington DC

January 24, 2011

J&P with Doug Pocock (Managing Director Egmont USA) at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Just came back from a four day trip to Washington DC. The aim of the trip was to launch Jaguar Stones Book Two at the legendary Politics and Prose bookstore and attend the ABA’s Winter Institute Conference. We had a fabulous time. Our publishers Egmont USA sponsored a great evening at the Mexican Cutural Institute. It’s a gob-smackingly magnificent building and the food was phenomenal. All our favorite Independent Booksellers were invited. What a great night!

Students at Burroughs Elementary School jam on guitars with Jon

While in Washington we filled our downtime from the conference with three school visits organized by RIF (Reading is Fundamental – America’s oldest and largest nonprofit children’s and family literacy organization). Our all new school presentation for book two is about survival. It’s a wild ride for the kids and seemed to go down very well with them and the teachers. To read more about the vists click on the following link:

On route to one of the schools we had to drive down Malcolm X Avenue which our GPS called “Mall Calm the Tenth”. Oh dear – at least we got there.

Offering a fried mealworm to Walter Dean Myers

At the conference we shared a signing table with the legendary author Walter Dean Myers. Couldn’t help myself and offered him a fried meal worm. Not only did he eat it, but he seemed to enjoy it. Next time, I’ll have to bring scorpions.

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    January 26, 2011 1:28 pm

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