I began speaking and traveling, talking about Hold Fast
, in January of 2013. Events were added to events as the months rolled on. By June, the Hold Fast train -- as everyone at Scholastic began to call it -- had chugged into over seventeen cities; I'd been from Chicago to Houston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Nashville and a number of cities closer to home, like Naperville and Woodstock and Kankakee and North Utica.
This blur of planes, cars and hotels came together into an amazing experience, as I was able to see Hold Fast
welcomed by thousands of kids of many backgrounds and ages, libraries, social service agencies, urban planners, teachers, and teachers of teachers. I'd never expected such a wild reception for this unusual story. Hold Fast
even hit the New York Times bestseller list in May.
Here are some clicks:
|A cake in Houston|
|Wonderful St. Louis|
|Hold Fast meets Chasing Vermeer tattoos, New York.|
|Sizzling day at LA Times Festival of Books|
|Colorful Palo Alto, California|
|Closing Keynote, American Planning Association|
National Planning Conference, Chicago
|Room full of urban and regional planners|
|Django is not pleased that I'm on the road|
|"Don't you dare pick up this pen!" |
|Visiting Hicklebee's Books, San Jose|
|Signing books at Hicklebee's . . .|
|and then the wall|
and I have had a winter and spring to remember.