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Thursday, July 31, 2008

My day in New York

It is almost 11 pm and I'm munching on soft baked chocolate chunk cookies, thinking about the day. I did not sleep well, last night, tired after the flight from Haiti, and disturbed by the constant background noise. I had forgotten how noisy New York is. This morning, I was tired, and nervous, well, more like borderline frantic, actually. Of course, I didn't need to be...

I walked the streets of Manhattan for more than two hours, reacquainting myself with the city before I reached the 192 Bookstore in Chelsea. It is a lovely bookstore with a very good selection of books. Dimitrea soon showed up with her two adorable daughters, and then, more people arrived. I read the book and Dimitrea talked about her process as an artist and an illustrator. It was very interesting, and everyone was so nice, and not even bothered by my accent.


I ran back to my room to shower and, most importantly, to change shoes ! My feet were killing me. And I took the subway to Utica Avenue and the Brownstone Bookstore on Lewis Avenue, in Brooklyn. There again, a lovely place, with a nice, cosy feeling to it. 

There again, the response was lovely. People seem to really appreciate the story, they love the illustrations, and I even got to meet the models that Dimitrea used to create several characters in the book. I'm feeling very happy and content, tonight.


                                Posing with Dimitrea


                                  
               This handsome young boy was the model for Amadi.

10 comments:

Annette Gulati said...

How exciting, Katia! Sounds like both readings went extremely well. I'm so happy for you. :)

Janet Brown said...

Oh Katia--thank you! What gorgeous bookstores and how splendid to see the face of Amadi.

kate said...

Very cool! I actually just got my copy of the book and will post about it on my blog at some point, when I get a chance.

It's funny to think of you having an accent, since I'm so used to reading you on the screen, where you speak perfectly native English-- with an upstate New York accent! Oh wait, I guess that's me. ;)

Janet Brown said...

We in the U.S. LOVE accents which is a good thing because in the rare instances that we attempt to speak a language other than English, we certainly have them!

Katia said...

Thank you, Annette, Janet and Kate. Checking in quickly from Los Angeles, where I'm attending the SCBWI national conference. It's so great to be hear.

Katia said...

Oh dear, great to be HERE, of course :) Must rush. Thank you all for your support, once more. It means so much to me.

Nandini said...

Katia,
It's great to read about your time in New York! I finally got to read my copy of Amadi's Snowman when I got home. I love it. Have a wonderful time in L.A.!
Love,
Nandini

Katia said...

Hey, Nandini, thanks. I'm so glad you finally received the book. Are you still in Australia? Take care...

Jo Ann von Haff said...

Lovely ! :-) I would be so nervous ! :-)
Just now managed to read these entries :-)

Katia said...

Hello Jo Ann, and I only now manage to reply to comments. I WAS nervous, but then, everyone was so kind and supportive, and I started reading, and wouf, I forgot about being nervous. It felt great, in fact. I think I could get addicted to that :))
Hope you're well.