Just a reminder about this Thursday (two days from now). I’ll be speaking at 7:00 p.m. as part of Orem Library’s Big Read. The event is free and open to the public. This is my hometown library and they are awesome. For more info, click here.
Longtime blog readers may remember a post from the old site back in 2006 in which I talked about how I don’t like to fly very much. And yet…I have been traveling quite a bit these days. I just got back from California and am going again this weekend, and next month I will be going to Chicago, Nashville, Philadelphia, Boston, and Orlando. I love the reasons for traveling and I adore actually being places. It’s just the planes themselves that scare me.
So you can imagine my joy on the way to Frankfurt when, several hours into the flight out of JFK, they told us that the plane had a mechanical problem and we had to turn around and go back to New York. Ha! Fun and games! I was not nervous AT ALL! But then we got a new plane and started over and that time the trip worked.
And I am glad. Because of the Book Fair, of course, and because of the gorgeousness that we got to see before we went to the Book Fair:
My in-laws live in Munich, so I couldn’t go all the way to Germany and not see them! They are very busy, and also we were half a day late due to the faulty plane, and also we got stuck in traffic coming back from the Bavarian Alps (which are GORGEOUS, and where these pictures were taken–the Konigsee, Berchtesgarten) and so I didn’t see as much of them as I would have liked, but I did get to stay up late talking with them at night, eat dinner and breakfast with them, etc. They are so lovely. My mother-in-law and I can talk forever. During one of those evening chats, I remembered how she came to stay with me when my first boy was born and how, when I got up to feed the baby, she would get up too and just keep me company. I really do have amazing in-laws. It was such a pleasure to see them. I was also able to see my dear friend Josie, who flew from London to visit, rented a car, and then drove Jodi and me all over the Bavarian Alps with infinite patience. Josie is one of those friends of a lifetime and it was wonderful to see her.
Then it was time to get down to business and go to Frankfurt. Well, kind of. We did take a day to wander around the city. Frankfurt is lovely! Witness the Romerstrasse:
and this very lovely church across the Main:
and the one picture I took inside the Book Fair. I liked all the yellow. And the fact that this was the publisher of my German dictionary from high school.
I wish I had taken more pictures inside the fair, but the fact of the matter is that I was overwhelmed. Picture BEA on steroids. Polite and organized steroids. There were buildings and buildings full of different publishers, different languages, etc. There were little buses driving people around. There were people talking about books and looking at books and living and breathing books. There were ice cream stands in every building.
In a word: heaven.
Here are all the things that happened that I don’t have pictures of (they are all on Jodi’s camera, and while I am talking about Jodi, I should probably say that she has to be one of the best and most fun traveling companions ever):
-The party at the Frankfurt Presse Club where I got to meet so many lovely, lovely people who care about Matched. Cecilia and Maja at Writers House put the whole party together and it was one of those evenings I’ll always remember. Thank you to everyone who came!
-The meetings with different foreign publishers–we had formal meetings with eleven of them and also met others at the party. This was why I came to Frankfurt–to meet the people who are doing so much work on behalf of the book–and it was simultaneously heartwarming, unbelievable, and overwhelming. It was especially fun to have a chance to hold the darling baby daughter of my wonderful publishers at Lemniscaat. I was missing the kids quite a bit at that point.
-Dinner with Jodi, Cecilia, and Angharad and hearing all the stories about Writers House that I would never have known otherwise.
-The photo shoot that Fischer Verlag arranged for author photos. Never have I felt so pampered!
-The lovely ladies of Fischer Verlag–Carolina, Carla, Susanna, and my editor Julia, among others. They were unbelievably gracious, are doing so many wonderful things for the book, and even invited us to a fantastic party that Fischer has every year during the Book Fair.
I love Germany. And maybe that is how I should end this post.
edited to add: I should also add how much I love my mom, who came and stayed with my kids all week long while I was gone (husband works during the day so we needed some help). She was wonderful and made it possible. I couldn’t have gone if I hadn’t known the kids were in such capable, kind hands.