Our Big Day

Nov 03, 2023 by Rose O'Keefe

To my surprise, one of the books shown as part of what she reads was The Giver, by Lois Lowry, the 1994 Newbery Award winner that I finished a week ago and couldn’t decide – as one person asked me – have  you decided whether you like it or not? Since Cline Ransome enjoys dystopian books, that label helped me understand why I had such a hard time with it. The pace was easy, and the graduations that adults and children looked forward to seemed so benign that I never foresaw the gruesome climax and the hair-raising escape. Did I like it? The thought of it makes me wince, so no, but the writing was masterful.

On the way out of the meeting at Writers and Books, I picked up a copy of (585) Kids Fall 2023, which I hadn’t seen before. Congratulations to the contributors to this delightful holiday guide. It was a fun to recognize names of people I’d met through RACWI like our wonderful President Sarah Mead, librarian Deena Viviani, and puzzle master David Kalvitis.

It amazes me that I to belong to such a wonderful group as RACWI that brings big-name authors and illustrators to Rochester. While I am looking forward to signing copies at MCC from 1 to 4 p.m. and giving a short powerpoint on the Frederick Douglass family at 3:20 p.m., mostly I am grateful for being a happy cog in the great wheel of such a wonderful day. The festival website is: rcbfestival.com.

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