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This year, I tried my first no-carve pumpkin project. I painted a farmer's market pumpkin with leftover white interior house paint, then let it dry. Then, as the National Book Award finalists (congratulations to all) were announced on NPR this morning, I picked up a black calligraphy pen. I started with the arching-back cat. That became a letter A. The rest of the letters proceeded from there, and the webbing capped it off. It looks kind of strange outside, I have to say--the white paint glows.


National Book Festival

I went to the Library of Congress's National Book Festival this year for two reasons: (1) because the lineup of authors and events was so good, it gave me the vapors; and (2) because the Maryland Center for the Book had chosen GENIE WISHES to represent Maryland on the list below--Great Reads About Great Places. I'd offered to spend some time at the Maryland booth in the Pavilion of States.

If I ever need reassurance that people still read and care about books, I'll remember this festival, with its long lines and active booths.

In the Politics & Prose book sales area, there was this cool wall-size list of independent bookstores by state.

Before I left, I stopped for my longtime favorite Elizabeth McCracken's signature on her newest book.


Wish Flakes

Thanks to Eve, who did her cereal box book report about GENIE WISHES. Wish Flakes look great. Nothing artificial--AND a manatee tattoo inside...


From the Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun's Mary Carole McCauley asked me some great questions earlier this week. I'm grateful for the profile and hope to see you at the National Book Festival this Saturday.


The Living Is Easy

I hope everyone has enjoyed summer. In Baltimore, it's been unbelievably, sleep-with-the-windows-open-every-night cool. I don't know if it's the unseasonably mild weather or the unhappy state of current world events, but I've been finding myself taking long, aimless work breaks outside, doing things like lining up my kitchen produce by color.