Jessica Day George

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Nerves of Jelly. . .

In a week and two days I will be signing books at The King's English here in Salt Lake. I've done readings before, I've been signing books for friends and family, I actually did competition speech and drama in high school, and yet . . . I AM TERRIFIED! I don't know why, but the idea of standing in front of my friends and relations (those who show) is making me shake. What will I say? What will I do? Will anyone come? I think I might be ill! Of course, these fears are probably just a cover for my real terror: IRA. Two days after the King's English even, I'll be in Canada speaking to literally thousands of educated reading experts. Sitting beside Jane Yolen and Charles deLint. And now I'm woozy and nauseated. . . . Deep breath, deep breath. . . . In my itinerary for IRA they mentioned that only half the usual attendees are expected, since it is in Canada. So probably only ten thousand or so people. TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE?! That's the population of my home town! Deep breath, deep breath. . . . If everyone could do me a favor, and send me happy vibes on May 15th, I'd appreciate it. And all of you alert readers in the Salt Lake area: The King's English. May 12th. 2 pm. Be there!


Nikki said...

It's on my calendar! Next task is to put it on my husband's calendar so that he knows the toddler is his while I enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of TKE for a few hours.

Shannon Hale said...

Don't know if this is comforting or not, but when I spoke at IRA, they put me in a room that seated 2000 and 15 people came. 'Course you'll be speaking with a couple of powerhouses, so you might see more faces...

Allison said...

Hey Jessica,

You don't know me, but I am the children/teen librarian at the South Jordan Library. I was given your book Dragon Slippers by my manager to read. I am about 200 pages into it and LOVE IT! I am so glad it is being published. I wanted you to know that I have ordered copies for my branch and will talk it up with the other librarians in my system. I also plan to reccommend it to the Children's Literature Association of Utah for the Beehive Nominee Longlist for 2009.

Thank you for providing me with the ARC and I wish you and your book the best of luck! I wish I could make it to the signing tomorrow. Good Luck with that and in Canada. I can't wait to get back to the book and see what befalls Creel at the Merchant's Ball.


Youth Services/Teen Librarian
South Jordan Library
Salt Lake County Library System

These views are my own and don't necessarily represent the Salt Lake County Libray System.