Sunday, March 29, 2009

Trenton Lee Stewart


Okay, so . . . whew!  What a fun week.  The Oxford Conference for the book was great, and we heard some wonderful speakers and programs.

One of the highlights was Trenton Lee Stewart the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society.  The Jr. Auxiliary
 of Oxford, the Lafayette County Literacy Council, and the University of Mississippi paid for his visit--and paid for every fifth grader in the city to have a free copy of his book
 (that is over 500 kids!!).   The students read and study the book in school before they come to see him in person.  All of the fifth graders came to hear him speak on Friday morning wearing Mysterious Benedict Society t shirts.

He has such a somber, dry wit--he could deliver the funniest statements with such a deadpan expression.  
The kids absolutely ate it up.   


Here are the fifth graders.













Here I am with a group of conference organizers and writers eating on the porch of . . .





















Rowan Oak--William Faulkner's home.



















And, here is Mr. Stewart signing books after school.














Whew.  Now, I need to sit around and rest for a bit.  Oh, but I can't.  I'm going to see JUDY BLUME in Hattiesburg this week!!!  My brain just might explode.

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11 comments:

Irene Latham said...

Look at you, all hobnobbing with literary stars! Very cool. Can't wait to hear about Judy Blume!

Katie said...

Whew! I am exhausted too. But what a fun week. And that Trent was so funny. (We're tight, so I can call him Trent. HAHA - Just kidding! I saw him sign a book to Jay and wrote 'Trent' so now I call him that :-)

Anyhoo, you nailed it when you said he has such a somber dry wit. I can't wait to read his book!

Have fun at Judy Blume!

Shelli said...

lov Faulkner's house. If i ever sell a book - Im so living there - or at the beach :)

Paul Äertker said...

I'm back. Looks like y'all are busy with them writer types...

Lisa Schroeder said...

Wow, what an incredible week! I would love to see Faulkner's house.

Are ya'll inspired now?? :)

Anne Spollen said...

Sounds like you are having a great time. And yeah -- Faulkner's house!


Push, push -- when are you finding time to write that book? (Sorry, the teacher in me had to ask)

Christy Raedeke said...

Oh, Skatie, how I envy you!

PurpleClover said...

That is awesome! I bet the kids had a blast.

I would be so impressed! Can't wait to hear the other deets with Judy Blume!

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow ... what a week!!! Sounds like you're having a blast!

Sarah Campbell said...

You Oxford folks really know how to do up a literary affair. I'll get up there one of these years. See you in Hattiesburg...

Solvang Sherrie said...

My son and I read Benedict together. It's a fun book. And sounds like you're having a fun time!

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