Iva at bbgb Bookstore!

Posted April 23rd, 2012 by Candice

Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous, very special day for Iva Honeysuckle’s launch book signing at bbgb bookstore in Richmond.  (bbgb stands for “bring back good books”–Iva and I are doing the best we can!).   

Iva, look at the balloons.  The exact blue and green on the cover of your book!

IvaDo you think the bookstore people will let me have that bunch?  I’d like to fly over Richmond!  Hey, what’s that other book doing in the window?

Inside we were met by Jenesse Evertson and Jill Stefanovich, who between them have more energy  than the Old Dominion Power Company.   I was immediately impressed by titles you don’t see in regular bookstores . . . and some I’d never seen.  I set out the plate of preacher cookies Iva and I had made and soon the children came. 

IvaAll of ’em my age! 

I read not one, but two chapters from the book, and those kids were the best listeners.  They asked excellent questions.  We got into a discussion about what time period Iva’s story is.  I told them that it’s modern-day, but I never mention cellphones or computers because I didn’t want to date my story.  It wasn’t that Iva’s family didn’t have those things–they just aren’t mentioned.  Iva’s into the old things her great-grandfather left behind, like the 1930s National Geographic magazines I showed the kids, and the tire pressure record book.

IvaYeah, old stuff is way more cool.  What’s a cellphone, anyway?

Then our day got even better.  As I was reading, two people slipped in the door and stood quietly against the wall.  I glanced over and saw blogger extraordinaire and fellow children’s author Jama Rattigan and her husband Len!   Jama and Len came all the way from Centreville (at least a two-hour drive!) to celebrate Iva’s launch. 

We haven’t laid eyes on each other in person since 2009, when we both attended the Kidlitosphere Blog Conference.    

IvaMiss Jama brought Cornelius, the cutest little bear.  I wanted to take him home for Sweetlips, but Cornelius has an important job and besides, he’s Miss Jama’s best friend.


Cornelius gave Iva a present–this red-trimmed bag filled with treats from Hawaii, where Jama is from.  I have to say, Hawaii’s macadamia nuts have it all over Virginia peanuts!

We couldn’t have had a better launch signing–excited kids, a store full of books and booksellers who became instant friends, the surprise of old friends, preacher cookies–

Iva:  And macadamia nuts, the perfect discoverer food!  Can I have those balloons now? 

Iva, settle down.  I think you might be getting spoiled from all this attention.  You may be going away sooner than you think.

IvaGood!  On my next adventure, I want to go to Hawaii and discover a volcano!