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August 2009 - May 2010 album
August 20, 2009:  Drama Kids International of Rochester (NY) and Fairport Library Present The Rumpelstiltskin Problem


September 1, at the meeting of R-SPEC (Rochester Speculative Fiction Writers), in Rochester, NY--With R-SPEC president Alicia Henn, at the Pittsford (NY) Barnes and Noble

Visiting Rochester, NY schools in October, Suzanne Bloom had time to meet a few friends for lunch.
from left, standing:  Marsha Hayles, Suzanne Bloom, Sibby Falk, Cat Bowman Smith
sitting:  MJ Auch, VVV

The people at radio station WARM 101.3 invited some of the authors who will be appearing at the Rochester Children's Book Festival to read from their books.

At the studio, three of those authors:  Marsha Hayles, VVV, Dan Beerse


October 10 - Area teens gathered at the Pittsford (NY) Barnes and Noble to read in order to support the May 2010 Teen Book Festival.


Robin Pulver at Greece Barnes & Noble: Rochester, NY - October 13

October 17 - United Way's Success by 6 reading festival at Bellevue Elementary School

standing:  London Ladd, Ellen Yeomans, VVV, SCBWI Regional Rep Amy Emm, Robin Pulver

sitting:  Anne Catharine Blake and Katya Krenina


Authors from the Rochester Area Children's Authors & Illustrators group who are participating in the Rochester Children's Book Festival went to various city schools as part of the Festival to Go.

On October 20 at School #36:  Chris Pallace, VVV, Elaine Costello, and Joan Baier with school librarian Lori Spatola


At Cazenovia Middle School in Cazenovia, NY on October 30 - With Anne Hegel, teacher-librarian.  And, yes, she IS wearing cat ears.  (Because it's the day before Halloween.)

November 5 - As part of the Rochester Children's Book Festival, Laurie Calkhoven visited Rochester, NY.  Several of us (from left:  Barbara Underhill, VVV, Laurie, Linda Sue Park, MJ Auch, Sibby Falk, Andrea Page, and Carol Pembroke, with Herm Auch kneeling) met for dinner at Plum Garden.


November 7 - This was the 13th annual Children's Book Festival.  Held this year, as the past several, at Monroe Community College.  Here I am with daughter Beth and her husband Josh.  Also attending were...


Tedd Arnold and Scott Gibala-Broxholm


Herm Auch and MJ Auch, pictured here with son Ian and his wife Joy, who were volunteers



Susan Williams Beckhorn


Elizabeth Falk and Kathleen Blasi


Elizabeth Bluemle and Linda Sue Park


Suzanne Bloom


Judy Bradbury


Laurie Calkhoven


Julie Cummings


Cynthia DeFelice


Robin Pulver and Alice DeLaCroix


Donna Farrell


Marsha Hayles


James Howe


Will Hubbell (a.k.a. Morgan Howell)


Sheila Jarkins



David Kalvitis


Joe Sottile and Steven Kellogg


Michelle Knudsen


Matt McElligott


Daniel Mahonney


Rafe Martin


Kate Messner


Charles Noland


Chris Pallace


Mark Shulman


Rebecca Stead


Henry Stewart


Peggy Thomas


Ellen Stoll Walsh


Susan Wojcechowski


Sally Valentine


December 13, Holiday signing at Pittsford Plaza Barnes & Noble in Rochester, NY -

Vivian with Robin Pulver


Herm and MJ Auch


Susan Williams Beckhorn


Julie Cummins and Marsha Hayles


Will Hubbell


David Kalvitis


Linda Sue Park


Sally Valentine


Susan Wojciechowski


Christmas 2009:  Lucy the cat obviously feeling she's wearing one Christmas accessory too many.


Henry V. Burger Middle School: Henrietta, NY - January 15

January 20: recording podcast for

Sound-tech duties performed by Debra; being interviewed by Ella (on the left) and Madison, at their home, which is beautiful, historical, and reportedly haunted by tennis-playing ghosts.  (Why not?)

Children's Literature Festival: Warrensburg, MO - March 14 - 16

41 children's authors and illustrators attended, including...


Alexandria LaFaye (with her daughter)


Anna Myers


Barbara Robinson and Jan Greenberg


Brad Sneed (pictured here with his daughter)


Brenda Seabrooke


Cheryl Harness


Claudia Mills and Dandi Daley Mackall


Darleen Bailey Beard


David Harrison


Dorinda Nicholson


Eileen Christelow


Gary Blackwood


Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson


J.B. Cheaney


Jeanette Ingold


Joan Carris


Judith Fradin


June Rae Wood


Marc Tyler Nobleman


Mary Downing Hahn


Michael Graf


Michael Spradlin


P.J. Petersen


Patricia Hermes and Jeannette Ingold


Peg Kehret


Roderick Townley


Roland & Marie Smith


Sandy Asher


Shane Evans and Richard Jennings


Sneed Collard III


Suzanne Williams


Veda Boyd Jones


Vicki Grove


Vivian Vande Velde and Terry Trueman


William T. Anderson


At Iroquois School: Irondequoit, NY - March 19 -
With Library Media Specialist Eileen Call, and Library Clerk Janice Cygan


Cast and crew of performance of The Rumpelstiltskin Problem at Penfield Library: Penfield, NY - March 20


Lakeland Highlands Middle School: Lakeland, FL - March 24 -With Media Specialist Chris Page


with Lakeland Highlands Middle School students

At the May 8 opening of Ellen Stoll Walsh's art show at Ock Hee's Gallery in Honeoye Falls, NY.

Roxane Chadwick, VVV, Ellen, Robin Pulver, and one of Roxane's beautiful granddaughters.

I was one of 26 authors of books for teens who gathered at the 5th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, a free event held at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY - May 15.  The authors included

Laurie Halse Anderson and Alyson Noel


Holly Black (on the right)


Coe Booth


Ellen Hopkins and Robin Brande


Lindsay Cibos and Jared Hodges


Marissa Doyle (with Laurie Halse Anderson in the background, looking as though she's had too much coffee)


Simone Elkeles


A.S. (Amy) King


Daniel Kirk


Alisa Libby


Mari Mancusi


Lisa McMann


Ben Mikaelsen


Alyson Noel and Amy Kathleen Ryan


Sarah Ockler


Matt de la Pena


Jennifer E. Smith and Lisa Schroeder


Terry Trueman with the TBF mascot zucchini (Don't ask.)


Martin Wilson


My personal volunteer handlers.


St. Lawrence School: Rochester, NY - May 19 -

School principal Susan Sak, with reading teacher Ann Wegman

The beautiful St. Lawrence kids presented me with flowers, and a lovely pillowcase and blanket that they'd made as part of their charitable outreach program.  Aren't they talented sweeties!

May 21 - Several members of our writers' group were able to visit the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY to see the exhibit of Tedd Arnold's work.

Back row:  MJ Auch, Marsha Hayles, Tedd Arnold

Front row:  VVV, Robin Pulver, Cynthia DeFelice


Burges High School: El Paso, TX - May 27


Burges High School students

With Gloria Avalos, Head Librarian at Burges High School, and Caroline James.