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The Order of Oddfish


Interviews Ahoy!

February 3, 2009

This Saturday (2/7) I’m going to be appearing at the Fantasy Festival at the Evanston Public Library! There will also be manga drawing, fantasy video gaming, and a screening of the almighty Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

In preparation, I sat down with Sam, Zoe, Heather and Luke of the Evanston library’s Teen Advisory Board to answer their questions about The Order of Odd-Fish and writing in general. Hannah and Heather filmed the interview; you can watch it above. I was impressed by everyone’s smart, perceptive questions! We talked for about a good half hour and Heather edited it down to ten minutes. Enjoy!

A week or so ago, I went back to my hometown in Michigan and did some Odd-Fish events at my old high school, the local public library, a Borders, my friend’s fifth grade class, and a class at the local university. I had a fantastic time — though exhausting! There’s lots of pictures and anecdotes from the weekend I must sort through, but I promise to put it all up in a few days.

For now, I’ll leave you with two links.

The first is my interview with Veronica Bond in the Gapers Block Book Club, in which we discuss my enthusiasm for as Evelyn Waugh, G. K. Chesterton, and Douglas Adams, the exciting ways in which YA has changed lately, and why one should always write up, and never presume to write down, to one’s audience.

The second link is my profile in Librarian Beat, a tongue-in-cheek teenybopper blog for librarians, Tiger Beat style. I had lunch with these librarians after my gig at the Rochester Hills Public Library, and they were all absolutely charming (pictures to come!) Thanks, Librarian Beat!