One of my favorite parts of my job is giving book talks to people. Whether it’s one individual in my bookstore or an entire classroom of people, there’s almost nothing I love better than to gush about my favorite books to avid listeners.
Today I had the rewarding experience of speaking to a class I had once taken. As an undergrad at Mount Holyoke College, I had taken a Writing Children’s Literature class with professor/author Corinne Demas. During that class, one Friday morning, we traipsed across the road to the Odyssey Bookshop where the now-retired Cindy Pyle, then the Children’s Department Manager, gave us a book talk about all sorts of amazing books and publishing trends in the children’s literature world.
Four years later, now the Children’s Department Manager at the Odyssey Bookshop myself, I had to the pleasure of giving just such a book talk to Corinne’s latest Writing Children’s Literature class. It was an amazing and rewarding experience. Though I have further dreams (*ahem*owning my own children’s store*ahem*), in a way, you know you’ve made it when a former professor says, “I’ve learned so much from you!”
Thanks to Corinne’s class for being a supportive listening audience, for being interested in a subject so close to my heart, and for asking some great questions. I hope to see you all back here soon!