Monday, February 16, 2009


  • This month's SCBWI-Tokyo newsletter (PDF) carries a very nice interview with me all about Moribito, The Snow Day (both books translated from Japanese), and acquiring and editing translations. Thanks to Sako Ikegami for the thoughtful interview questions and putting it all together!
  • More international SCBWI news: I'll be appearing at SCBWI-Paris on Saturday, May 2, to give a craft talk (not sure on what subject yet). This will be near the conclusion of a Barcelona + Paris jaunt my sister and I have been planning for months now; if you know of any off-the-beaten-path places in or near those cities that we should especially check out, do say the word.
  • I was fascinated by this personality test on Joe Posnanski's blog -- I said "square," and goodness, was that right. (Plus it's nice to have something else in common with Daniel Craig.)
  • The radio silence for the last week will probably be the norm here for the next couple of months as I burrow on through all I have to do. Thanks for your patience and sticking around.


  1. Paris!! Have you been before?

    Ohh, I'm so entirely jealous. You absolutely MUST walk down the bank of the Seine, past Notre Dame, just before sunset. It will change your life. And while there, be sure to poke into Shakespeare and Co bookshop. You will die. If it had a Middle Eastern/Indian/Mediterranean buffet, it would be heaven.

    Oh, and maybe they'll still have the ice skating ring up in front of l'Hotel de Ville.

    Do you need a translator or guide? I offer my services free of charge, lol, if only to taste a fresh baguette again. And a Bueno!

    Enjoy yourself!

  2. I can keep going, too, if you'd like some more places to go see. There's a cafe in the Latin Quarter where Ben Franklin revised the Constitution and Voltaire went to write, the cafe where Amelie was filmed, an amazing little Fondue place in Monmartre that is, literally, a hole in the wall, the Musee Carnavalet which is all about the history of Paris, the Nicholas Flamel house...

    Shoot me an email whenever you have a free moment sometime between now and May, and I'll find a few places for you. I lived in Paris for four months, so while not an expert, I did get a good feel for out-of-the-way things.

    And I promise now to stop flooding your comments until further notice. Or until I think of something else amazing.

  3. What else do you have in common with Daniel Craig?

    I was a square also, but when I had Jeremiah fill it out he chose triangle and I told him he was doing it wrong, which probably means *I* am a triangle.

    Enjoy Paris! It is the most beautiful place I have ever been. I wish I could give you advice about where to go, but I haven't been back since 1993.

  4. Oh, wow! Paris is lovely. I'm not sure where you've been yet, but my favorite, favorite, favorite thing about Paris is climbing to the top of Notre Dame. You get so close to the gargoyles! It's a hardcore climb, but it is totally worth it.

  5. I've been to Paris once before (where I did go to Shakespeare and Company), for just a couple of days. The thing I'm most looking forward to this time around is a visit to Giverny, and maybe the Louvre -- I chose the Musee d'Orsay last time, and never regretted it, but it'd be nice to see the Louvre.

    Daniel Craig and I are both blue-eyed blondes, the children of teachers, fans of Philip Pullman, and spies in another life.

  6. Wow, Paris and Barcelona: awesome!! I haven't been to either city since I was 17 (ACK! That's TWENTY YEARS AGO! How did that happen??????); I hope you'll post some pictures :-)

    And: Daniel Craig. Mmm.

  7. Congratulations on your success with Morbito and The Snow Day.

    Enjoy your travels. Will you be giving your SCBWI talk in English? Or do your amazing linguistic talents extend to include fluency in French?

    I'm a squiggle.

  8. I loved the Louvre. We were at the gates when it opened, rented the tour headphones and began.  It's unbelievable!  We had a museum pass that allowed us to come and go.  We went back to our hotel for a power nap [keeping the headphones] and returned after dinner, till close!!! [maybe 11:00 p.m.]  This is a well kept secret. The crowds bussled during the day, but we owned the place at night.  We entered through the pyramid and toured the palace parts at dusk. The evening lights changed the atmosphere completely. One fun thing for me was... a few fancy cocktail parties were held the night we were there.  The fashions were spectacular! Check the schedule and consider doing a split shift.  Also, check out the Rick Steeves website.  Lots of good ideas.


  9. The Musee d'Orsay is one of my favorite Paris museums. It features later impressionists.

    If you want a cool historical restaurant that's been around since before Ben Frnaklin (and a place he frequented in Paris) go to Le Procope. There is an awesome Moraccan restaurant on the Ill de St. Louis behind Notre Dame that you need reservations for and is worth it!

  10. Near Barcelona their are two beautiful sea towns named Tossa do Mar and Cadaqués that are really beautiful.

  11. If you happen to be near the Centre Pompidou, take the escalator all the way up to the café and enjoy a beautiful, expansive view (particularly nice at dusk.)

    The lines can be long at the Louvre; to get in more quickly, take the metro and use the below street level entrance (there are two 'Louvre' stops if I remember well--I believe the correct one is called 'Musée de Louvre'), then go out by way of the pyramid.

    Giverny is interesting for the studio, but Monet's garden isn't what it used to be. If you want to visit something closer, the Parc de Bagatelle

    has a rose garden that should be in full bloom in early May.


  12. Shakespeare and Co bookshop. You will die. Yes! That is a bit of heaven on earth!!!

  13. SCBWI-Paris?!! And in May, no less! Lucky girl.