The time is drawing near for us to head to Minneapolis. I have one “touristy” goal: To toss up my hat like Mary Tyler Moore. If you’re interested in doing this too, here is the address of Mary’s hat-tossing statue: 7th and Nicollet, downtown Minneapolis. I believe this isn’t far from the convention center – but what do I know? It would behoove you to check for yourselves 😉
If you want to eat at the restaurant featured in her opening sequence (she’s dining with her real-life husband, Grant Tinker!), it’s called Basil’s. You can reserve the “Mary” table in advance! Location: Basil’s Restaurant, IDS Center, 7th and Nicollet.
There are in fact many places to visit related to the Mary Tyler Moore show! If you want to do some exploring, check out this website for more locations: www.JohnWeeks.com. Mr. Weeks also has other Minneapolis sightseeing information, including a Minneapolis Skyline Tour in which each building is identified. Helpful!
Apparently Grumpy Old Men was filmed somewhere nearby as well.
As for me, I doubt I’ll have recreational time for more than a quick hat-toss. That’s because my schedule is jam-packed for #NCTE15!
I’m honored to be on a panel with other distinguished authors. Here’s the information:
Close Writing: Reading, Reflecting, and Revising Through a Writer’s Lens
Friday 11/20 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM in Minneapolis Convention Center, M100J
Session Code: E.10
Topic of Emphasis: Composition/Writing
Abstract: We teach students to closely read other authors’ writing, but what about their own?
Close Writing strategies help writers build a stronger relationship with their writing through reading, reflecting, and revising. In this session, teachers and authors will share some of these strategies from the classroom and beyond.
Chair: Paula Bourque Literacy Coach, Stenhouse Author, MLC Pres.
Speaker: Paula Bourque Literacy Coach, Stenhouse Author, MLC Pres.
Speaker: Andrea Bryant Augusta School Dept.
Tradebook Author: Sarah Albee Bloomsbury
Tradebook Author: Selene Castrovilla Calkins Creek Books, Island Park, New York
Tradebook Author: Lester Laminack author/consultant, Asheville, North Carolina
Tradebook Author: Kate Messner Bloomsbury/Scholastic/Chronicle Books
Tradebook Author: Linda Urban Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
I will also be signing books!
Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Booth 950 (Anderson’s Book Store)
Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Booth 629 (Highlights Press/Boyds Mills Press)
And, I will have a booth where you can come chat with me anytime I’m not at one of the above places! The booth number is 451, and I’m sharing it with a literary YA author named Gail Strickland. She’s written a fantasy based on Greek mythology called Night of Pan. We were destined for each other, as my name belongs to the Greek moon goddess. Come talk literature and teaching with us!
I’ll have my nonfiction history books for elementary kids, and my YA books for high schoolers.
I’ll also tell you about my forthcoming book:
Revolutionary Rogues: Benedict Arnold & JohnAndré
Free downloads with a sneak preview of Signs of Life (the sequel to Melt) and also an entire novel!
Plus, happy clams for all 🙂
See you in Minneapolis! Don’t forget your hats.