Okay, so I MAY be only just realizing that I am going out of town, to Austin, TX, in just a couple of days. Whoops! Kind of snuck up on me. But I am super pumped to attend the Texas Book Festival for the first time. I have heard GREAT things and there are going to be so many awesome authors there! Total disclaimer: when I saw Tom Perrotta’s name, I squealed a little. I will have to work MIGHTY hard not to totally stalk him while I have the opportunity. I mean, who knows when I will get another chance?

(To clarify, by “stalk” I mean attend his event, sweat nervously, and wish I had the nerve to gush about how amazing I think he and his books are but never actually do it. Just so we are clear.)

Another great thing about going to Austin is that it’s where they filmed Friday Night Lights. Everyone here already knows I am obsessed, but I have not been to Austin since I got crazy over the show. My friend Melissa Walker already sent me directions to Panther Field: I know Susane Colasanti made a pilgrimage there when she was last in town, and posted pictures. I would just about DIE to stand anywhere that Tim Riggins and Coach Taylor breathed air, so I will have to figure out a way to get there. When I’m not, you know, totally stalking Tom Perrotta.

The official site of the festival is here. And here’s where I’ll be. I get to talk with Libba Bray!

Saturday, October 22nd, 3:30-4:30 pm
Sarah Dessen and Libba Bray in conversation
First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center 1300 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701

Signing at the Book Sales and Signing tent to follow

I’ll also be at the YA Event that evening at the Texas State Cemetery, which sounds super spooky and totally fun. It starts at 9, which is late for me as I usually go to bed around then. But how often do I get to hang in a cemetery? I’m so in!

The only downside to all of this is that I’m leaving my husband to parent alone while all our babysitters are on Fall Break. Whoops. Maybe I can bring him something super from Texas, like boots or a hat, to make up for it? I remember the cobbler in Austin being AMAZING. Wonder how I could bring some of that home….

Have a good day, everyone!