Left to Right: Meyrick, Nora, Gavin, Tomie, Diane
Tomie was the 2013 Kidnote speaker at the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia, on Friday, August 30. He chose to be questioned by children instead of giving a presentation. Meyrick (Meyrick Murphy the actress, that is), Nora and Gavin (all of them good friends of Little Shop of Stories in Decatur) were selected to ask questions. The nearly standing room only crowd at Agnes Scott College was very receptive to the Kidnote.
The people who came to the autographing table were full of heartwarming stories about Tomie's books.
It was a long way to go for an overnight (up at 2:30 a.m. on Friday, and back to New London around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday), but it was well worth the trip. Decatur, the town, was a wonderful surprise, and the people we met (from the people who whisked us through the airports to the drivers and plane companions, and Kidnote organizers and attendees and restaurant employees, etc) were generous and kind.
Diane Capriola is an organizer for the Book Festival and the co-owner of Little Shop of Stories in Decatur.