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19 April 2008 ·

CUT conference & other events

The Saturday before the Nim’s Island LA premier started with the CUT conference in LA at 10 am, where I met my friend Linda, who’s building my website for me, and then did a “Page to Screen” panel with Mark Ryan. He’s so witty and funny I’d have been happy just to listen – it was an incredibly fun panel, and I couldn’t believe how quickly the time flew. It was a warm and lovely audience, including many people who’ve emailed me; the questions were great and I was really disappointed that I couldn’t longer to meet more people. However I was due at the Discovery Science Museum in Santa Anna (? – I really should have written this closer to the time!) at noon, and we barely made it there in time.

The clue we were getting near the Science Museum was the bubbles floating through the air over the freeway… what a great welcome! It was a crazy environment inside, but I did a fun reading with a bunch of kids, signed some posters, and then we jumped back into the car to get to Borders at Torrance by 2:00. That was a very different reading, a calm and quiet environment, with some great kids who had all bought books already and read along with me. I’ve never had a group do that before, and it was very sweet.

But when we got back to the hotel, must admit I was very ready for a quiet evening to catch up with my family: dinner, and a walk on the Santa Monica pier.

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio