Yesterday was the Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Festival in Edgerton, Wisconsin.
Author Kathleen Ernst was there signing books. She also did a presentation and received the Sterling North Legacy Award for Excellence in Children's Literature.
I got to go, and Felicity went with me!
Kathleen Ernst is the author of the Caroline books, and also of Felicity's newest book, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes.
So I got to have Ms. Ernst sign books for me, take a picture with Felicity, and attend the lecture that she gave.
There is a joke in the Muppet fandom that Muppeteer Karen Prell is the meanest person in the world- because actually she is the nicest person you could ever meet. (No, I haven't met her. I wish.)
The same could be said about Kathleen Ernst, and for the same reason.
I was kind of nervous about bringing Felicity with me. I think maybe the first words out of Ms. Ernst's mouth were, "Thank you for bringing her!"
(Maybe not the first words- but the ones I remember very clearly."
I told her that I wanted to attend her lecture, but was sort of unsure about it, because of my hearing loss, and I might leave early if I couldn't hear. She was so kind about it.
After the lecture, she took the time to come up to me and ask if I had been able to hear. She even remembered my name.
It was SUCH a great experience.
This is not the first time I have been to one of Ms. Ernst's signings, but the other signings were for her Chloe Finderson book series, so I did not being Felicity. You can read my blog post about meeting her last year here.
I am very sad to hear that the publisher for her Chloe series is going out of business and that she needs to fins a new publisher for Chloe.
I also took the time to go to Sterling North's childhood home. He is known for books such as Rascal, which I don't think I have read, but now I plan to!
The house was very enjoyable, and they had printed sheets for a self-guided tour, which was great with my hearing loss.
The house had a loved feeling to me, and the quotes from the book Rascal definitely made me want to read it!
Here are the books that she signed for me: Death on the Prairie, Gunpowder and Tea Cakes, and mini Meet Caroline.
I love mini books and am so excited to have a signed mini books! I miss when all of the mini books were paperback.
This was a great experience, and I would encourage anyone who has a chance to attend a Kathleen Ernst book signing to go for it!
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