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Come celebrate Spring with Portland’s children’s literature community!  Next Saturday afternoon (April 2nd) from 2-4 p.m., I’ll be joining 14 local authors and illustrators as we celebrate our newest books.  Refreshments will be served, along with a big dose of fun.

Multnomah Art Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR  97219

Here’s the list of attendees:  Heather Vogel Frederick, David Michael Slater, Dawn Babb Prochovnic, Emily Whitman, Maggie Rudy, Ruth Musgrave, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Rosanne Parry, Barbara Kerley, Kaaren Pixton, Elizabeth Rusch, trudy Ludwig, Susan Blackaby, Carolyn Conahan

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Scribbling, scribbling…


I’m going to ground here for a couple of weeks to finish a deadline.  I won’t be posting much here or on Facebook or answering emails or comments on my blog.  Be patient with me — I’ll catch up with everyone when I’m done!

 

 

Kate the Great

Remember the 12-year-old go-getter from Ottawa I told you about recently? The one who dreamed up a fashion show fundraiser after being inspired by my book Much Ado About Anne?

She succeeded beyond her wildest expectations!

 

I’ll let Kate speak for herself.  Here’s what she wrote to me (I’m posting it here with her permission):

“The show went absolutely amazingly!!  It was a smash hit, and it was totally sold out with standing room only!!   We raised approximately $8,175.15.  That’s three thousand over our goal!!  YAY!!  I arrived along with models, hair stylists, and makeup artists at 9 a.m. to begin hair and makeup.  It was a crazy but amazing experience.  I was running around backstage, cueing models, cueing our emcee.  It was AWESOME!!  I totally loved the atmosphere and have started looking into doing it annually!!”

How cool is THAT? SRO and a whopping sum for charity!  Kate, my hat is off to you  — you are an inspiring example of someone who didn’t just dream big, but was willing to roll up her sleeves and work hard to turn that dream into a reality.

Here are some fun links you can visit to hear from Kate herself, see photos of the event, and get the inside scoop from a few of the designers who showcased their work:

Kate’s interview with the Ottawa Citizen

Kate’s interview on “A Morning” Ottawa

Kate’s interview with 2LiveViv

The Bias Cut

Jana Hanzel

Centretown News article

Metro News pictures

Event recap from blogger Erica on Fashion