Book launch party at the South Portland Public Library
A few years ago, I read a blog post by the amazing and lovely Heidi Schulz about the book launch party for her debut novel, Hook’s Revenge (if you haven’t read that book, I insist you run out and buy three copies immediately — it has humor, heart, and swashbuckling adventure), and how she had the party in her library. I feel like I usually read about book launch parties in bookstores, and I really liked the idea of having it in a the library.
Then Jen Malone had a party at her library for her book At Your Service. I remember reading about how she set up a scavenger hunt in the library, and worked with the librarians to make it a fun party for the kids, not just a book reading. “The other critical component here,” says the very wise Jen Malone, “was that the library stood to gain something here too, and I think that’s very important.”
“Hey,” I thought. “I want to do that.”
And so, now, I have! This past Saturday (March 5) I had the book release party for Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) at the South Portland Public Library. More than 100 people came to hear me read and to get a signed book, and then to play games and have snacks.
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So now I’ve had a book launch party at a bookstore, and one at a library. They were both super fun, and also, honestly, incredibly gratifying. I feel like I have so much support. The Books of Wonder party was amazing because so many people who had a direct hand in the making of Snappsy were there to celebrate, and also because of how many amazing and important members of the children’s literature community showed up to cheer us on. The library party was amazing because it was my own neighborhood, and the people I see every day at the grocery store, celebrating with me. Plus we could get messy with crayons and glue sticks.
Thanks for celebrating with me, everyone!