I'm not stalking Laurel Snyder (honestly). But I just stumbled across her blog and read about the Georgia Kidlit Drink Night she is coordinating. I live no where near Atlanta, but it sounds warmer than where I am (currently West of Boston). The idea of a Kidlit Drink Night sounds so very grown up. I mean, I like a nice glass of wine as much as anyone, but having a drink night with other writers, illustrators, librarians, and people who love kidlit? Sounds like heaven.
I started thinking...do we have anything like that in this area? I haven't heard of anything. Or least I haven't been invited. (LOL) And there are a lot of kidlit people near me. Hmmm. What's stopping me from coordinating something. Um. Nothing?
So I guess next step would be...is anyone interested? If I were to pick a night, reserve a space, and put out an invitation...would anyone show up? Please comment if you'd be interested in a Kidlit Drink Night somewhere west of Boston (I'm talking near Concord or Lowell). If enough people are interested, I'll try to pull something together...nothing fancy, mind you...just a chance to get together with like-minded folks and try to beat the winter doldrums. Please feel free to tweet this! I probably won't do anything unless I have a good core of people interested.
UPDATE: The response has been very positive so far--there are at least 5 or 6 interested, and it's only been two hours since I posted. So I think it's fair to say it's a go. I'm going to use the twitter hash tag #centralmasskidlitwriters and hopefully get the word out that way. I'm aiming for Tuesday, February 15 (before school break) but I need some suggestions for locations. I might need to make some calls. :) I'm thinking it's going to be somewhere in Westford or Acton. Any ideas?
UPDATE #2: Scheduled!
When: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 7 pm
Where: Westford Grille in Westford, MA
Join us for drinks (pie and/or dessert) and good company. Anyone interested in Children's books welcome--writers, illustrators, librarians, booksellers, publishing industry pros. Just RSVP to me by Monday, February 14 by noon so I can let the restaurant know how many to expect.
Hope to see many there! Thanks to everyone who chimed in today!