upcoming events

Isn’t it funny how habits you didn’t even know were habits can become such a huge part of your lifestyle without you realizing it? It’s been five years since I resigned from teaching, but every year still runs on an academic schedule for me. That plus being an old-school enthusiast equals getting a new academic day planner every August. My preferred brand is Letts. Their day planners have everything I want: cool designs, tabbed sections in the back, a few pockets. What’s really cool about Letts is how they improve their day planners every year. Can I just tell you how much their recent improvements blew me away? Not only have they extended the calendar to the end of 2013, but their new designs are so gorgeous it was hard to choose just one. It was down to these three in the stationery store:

Letts day planners 2012-13

The choice was not easy. Since I have a thing for paint pigment, I went with the one on the left. We are very happy together. Will I eventually switch over to some kind of paperless calendar? Maybe. For now, I’m enjoying the low-key nostalgia. And yay, my day planner already has some super fun upcoming book events! Here’s where you can find me:

September 20, 2012 – 6:30 pm
RJ Julia
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT  06443
Panel discussion, Q&A, and signing

September 23, 2012 – time TBA
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

October 20, 2012 – 2:00-3:00 pm
NYPL 42nd Street Branch
476 5th Avenue (at 42nd Street)
New York, NY  10018
Bullying in Books for Youth literary salon

May 18, 2013 – 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Rochester Teen Book Festival
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY  14618
Panel, breakout sessions, and signing

Speaking of events, the Perseid meteor shower is tomorrow, August 11. This is a good one. Every year when the Earth reaches a point in its orbit where it’s revolving through debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, we observe some of that comet matter burning up when it enters our atmosphere. What looks like falling stars are actually meteors (the light streaks caused by comet bits burning). Now is your chance to wish on a falling star. Or lots of them. You can see about one meteor per minute after 11:00 pm. Just recline and watch overhead. It’s supposed to be rainy here, so please have extra fun for me if you’re watching. Let’s hope for clear skies!