Live from Austin!

October 23rd, 2010

I’m in Austin, Texas at the Texas Book Festival!

The first thing that happened to me here was that I tried to make my hair really big because everything is big in Texas. Except, it turns out, hair. No one but me wears big hair in Texas anymore, especially in Austin. This ended up not going so well in any case.

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I need to learn to take photos of myself without having to stand in front of a mirror.

Anyway, I got my hair to calm down long enough to go to lunch with the cool lady bloggers from Forever Young Adult. That was super fun.

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We talked about a lot of book-related stuff, but mostly our hopes and dreams. One of my dreams is that one day we will live in a world where big hair is acceptable again. I hate flat irons, and big hair is just more fun. Like big butts! Sir Mix-A-Lot is a very wise man, and says it very well in his song on this topic.

After lunch I went on the news LIVE!

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That was fun, too. I got to meet a veterinarian (I wanted to be a vet as a kid by my SATs were too low. You need to know math to be a vet. James Herriot never mentioned this. Who knew?) and also artist/songwriter Terry Allen, who will also be at the Festival, in the green room. Green rooms are one of the best places to interesting people, outside of airports and of course bathrooms.

Then we had to drive really fast to San Antonio for my signing, because we were already late. Hideous Austin traffic made us even later!

But my fantastic readers waited, and it was so nice of them!

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I got to meet tons of really fantastic women of all ages.

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Hopefully I’ll meet even more of you at today’s events at the Capital.

**Texas Book Festival**

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM
Presentation/Talk, Q&A session

Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church
1201 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX

Go here for more details on this event!

This event is free open to the public!

After the presentation, I’ll be signing at the Children’s Book Signing Tent on Colorado St. between 12th and 13th St. from 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM.

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Austin Bat Cave and Texas Book Festival Present “Zombies vs. Unicorns Event”

This event is a Zombie vs. Unicorn “smackdown” and will feature audience participation and multiple authors, including myself, Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, and many more. For more info, go here.

There will be a book signing after the session is done. This event is also free open to the public!

Then in New York, NY on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m., meet me at the Scandinavia House, The Volvo Room, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street:

Trends in Children’s Book Publishing 2010
Sponsored by the Authors Guild Foundation

Moderator:
Rachel Vail, Author
Panelists:
Meg Cabot, Author
Lisa Holton, Founder, CEO, Fourth Story Media
Neal Porter, Editor, Founder, Neal Porter Books
Rosemary Stimola, Literary Agent, President, Stimola Literary Studio

Free! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. However, space is limited. RSVP here!

Hope to see you soon! In the meantime, keep your hair big, and your heart open!

More later.

Much love,

Meg