Living a Literary Life

the intersection of librarianship and motherhood


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So when I attended ALA Annual last year in Chicago, I had recently finished reading Divergent. I was looking forward to hearing Veronica Roth speak, and futuristic dystopian Chicago kept appearing in my mind as I explored the city. It began on my way in, riding the El from Midway airport. I looked out the window, envisioning what jumping on and off trains must be like. Every time the doors opened and closed. When I saw a modern, glass walled skyscraper, something in my head whispered, “Erudite.” And Navy Pier … well, let’s just say I saw the ferris wheel in a whole different way.

This summer I’m not in Vegas. Friends are, and it has been fun to see their pictures and tweets. One from the Venezia Tower at the Venetian Hotel. How odd (or serendipitous) is it that I’m currently reading Prodigy, the second in Marie Lu’s Legend series … . part of which is set in futuristic, dystopian Las Vegas??? 

This is what is it is to see the world through a literary lens.

a young wizard’s suitcase … .

a young wizard’s suitcase … .

Renaissance Festival, 2011.
just your average RenFest girl, lovely tattoo and Kindle in hand.

Renaissance Festival, 2011.

just your average RenFest girl, lovely tattoo and Kindle in hand.

"It was painted in the colors of 138 Squadron RAF, which was based at the Royal Air Force’s Tempsford Airfield. There Lysanders flew missions to supply resistance forces and transport agents to and from occupied Europe."

Living a literary life means that when you are visiting the Air & Space Museum with your family and you see this plane, and read the description, you look at it and see Verity flying, with Maddie in the back. You see it in black and white, over a map of France, and remember all that is to come … you point and excitedly say, “it’s Verity’s plane! it’s Verity’s plane!” while others just walk around not paying much attention to it. But your husband, who you made read the book, knows what it means. And your kids want to read it now, even if they are too young.

Verity’s plane.

Just Being Audrey — wonderful picture book biography that I would have loved as a child. Audrey Hepburn was and is one of my idols. How amazing was it that when we were in Florence in May 1999, there was an Audrey exhibit at the Ferragamo Museum?!?! 

eldest son with author/illustrator Chris Soentpiet, May 2009, Granville Intermediate School.

eldest son with author/illustrator Chris Soentpiet, May 2009, Granville Intermediate School.

all you need for reading … comfy couch, a stack of books, and a bulldozer! circa 2004.

all you need for reading … comfy couch, a stack of books, and a bulldozer! circa 2004.

Thomas was definitely a presence in our house for several years — though he actually doesn’t make an appearance in the first volume of stories: The Three Railway Engines. That’s Gordon, Edward, and Percy.

that big smile is not for the camera.
All due to the reading material!

that big smile is not for the camera.

All due to the reading material!

my first babytime … captured on the front page of the local newspaper in 1998. Though many things have changed, I still use George in my baby and toddler times, and believe in sitting on the floor.