Kinky and THE WORD BURGLAR

He ain’t Kinky, he’s a Word Burglar.

Austin was abuzz with writers and readers this weekend at the 18th annual Texas Book Festival. I’ve loved attending the festival in the past, but this year was special; I was there to introduce THE WORD BURGLAR.

At the Bright Sky Press tent, logophiles of all ages contributed to the Word Burglar’s Dictionary by selecting and pasting vocabulary words onto the tri-board and composing definitions–with or without the help of a real dictionary. One of my favorites, written by a 7-year-old: “HALE: a ball of snow that is hard.”

The Word Burglar model adding to the lexicon.

The Word Burglar model adding to the lexicon.

 

While hawking wares isn’t my thing, I loved talking to people about the story, it’s creation and execution. I loved introducing readers to Katherine’s son, who was her model for the illustrations. I loved the camaraderie of spending the weekend with fellow writers, and discovering that one lives right around the corner and another’s daughter is best pals with my niece. I loved the weather and the energy and selling out of books.

Word Burglars and Bright Skies at the Children's Tent.

Word Burglars and Bright Skies at the Children’s Tent.

Thanks to all who stopped by to say hello–especially Kinky Friedman, the singer/songwriter/novelist/politician who was almost Governor of Texas. It was great to see y’all there.