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Dec. 6th, 2011

06:46 am - Photos: Kid Lit Holiday Party! 2011

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Hey, Everyone! Here are a few photos from the Kid Lit(erati) Holiday Party this past Saturday.

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To see the full set (I wish I'd taken more of everyone!!),
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Thanks, everyone, for the drinks, delicious treats, and fun conversation--and THANKS for bringing all those gorgeous children's books to donate! The schools they're going to are really going to appreciate them!


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Lee Wind and Sara Wilson Etienne pose with all the beautiful, gleaming children's books to be donated. I seriously wanted to borrow half of them to take home and read first, but that wouldn't have been in the spirit.

As mentioned in my previous post, the YA titles--in the two stacks on the left--are going to Central High School/Tri-C, a continuation school serving at-risk youth throughout the LA school district. Picture Books through Middle Grade novels (the right two stacks, plus spillover onto the game table) will go to the Knox Elementary School in South Central LA. Both schools were arranged by Lee Wind, who also brought lovely, decorated boxes to sort the donations into as they arrived.

With double thanks to all of the organizers who made this event happen and got the word out--Lee Wind, Jenn Bosworth, Sara Wilson Etienne, Greg Pincus, Jill Corcoran, and me, I guess :) --and triple, quadruple thanks to all the people who helped sort and carry books at the end of the night (in addition to having helped lug them in!).

And always, I cannot thank enough the people who bring the delicious snacks . . . and the hilarity and good times!

Happy Holidays, Kid Lit Community!

Cheers!
Rita

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Me with Elle Jauffret, who drives up specially from San Diego because LA Kid Lit events are so fun. (She makes the most amazing cookies, by the way. Good to know.)

Speaking of delicious baked goods, who brought those amazing dark chocolate espresso brownies in the pie tin? I would like to shake your hand . . .

:) :)
r

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From:Lee Wind
Date:December 6th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)

Love the photos and the recap!

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Thanks so much for this, Rita!
It was a great night, and the schools were both SO happy for the donations.
Namaste,
Lee
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From:rhcrayon
Date:December 8th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)

Re: Love the photos and the recap!

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Thank YOU, Lee, for finding the schools--and for the idea to photograph all the books!

I wish I'd brought a wide-angle lens to do justice to the height of the stacks. Just so everyone knows, this temporary installatation was HIGHLY unstable. (See how it's taller than Sara? Now readjust the angle.)

:D !
r
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From:kathymccullough
Date:December 6th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
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So sad I missed it!! When is the next one!!?? ;)
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From:rhcrayon
Date:December 8th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
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Haha, well, we haven't picked a date yet. But we've been doing them every two months since the first one in June, so . . . perhaps February?

Stay tuned! And thanks for coming by!
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From:rhcrayon
Date:December 8th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
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Ooh, I just checked out your Web site. I can't wait to read Don't Expect Magic! It sounds great!

Congratulations!!
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From:kathymccullough
Date:December 8th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I will keep my eyes and ears peeled for the announcement... :)
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From:Laurie Young
Date:December 6th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)

Fantastic photos!

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Biggest thanks to Lee Wind, Jenn Bosworth, Sara Wilson Etienne, Greg Pincus, Jill Corcoran, and Rita for organizing this—it was a great way to kick off the holiday season, (and for those of us who work at home, it was our "office" party!)

And an even bigger thanks to Lee for making it a truly giving experience and for coordinating with the schools!
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From:rhcrayon
Date:December 8th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)

Re: Fantastic photos!

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Yay, Laurie! It was so great to see you!
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From:saratony
Date:December 6th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)

Great pics!

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Oh! These are soooo great! It was such a fun night. Yay for the Kidliterati!
Thanks for taking and posting these<3
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From:rhcrayon
Date:December 8th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)

Re: Great pics!

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Aww, thank YOU, Sara.

Tell Tony I have tried to emulate his smolder/glare, but it never works for me . . .
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From:dlgarfinkle
Date:December 7th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
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Looks like a great shindig! Sorry I missed it.
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From:rhcrayon
Date:December 8th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
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We missed you, Debra! Come to the next one! (Whenever it is . . . stay tuned!)

:D
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From:Megan Frances
Date:December 7th, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)

Fabulous photos

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What a fun event - and you captured it beautifully!
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From:rhcrayon
Date:December 8th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)

Re: Fabulous photos

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I wish I'd captured YOU. It was so great to see you, Megan. I'll get you next time, my pretty . . . !
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From:Nina Berry
Date:December 8th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)

Awesome shots!

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Thanks for taking such great photos and sharing them, Rita! The party was a huge success, thanks to you and Lee and the other organizers/word spreaders. We're so lucky to be part of the kid lit world. Such a great group of giving, funny, intelligent people!
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From:rhcrayon
Date:December 9th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)

Re: Awesome shots!

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Why, yes, we are all those things, aren't we? ;) Thank YOU for the nice comments. It was great to see you there!

LOVE that Joss Whedon quote on your Google+, btw. Awesome.
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