This is a favorite contest of mine–the best WORST opening line. Based on Bulwer-Lytton’s famous line “It was a dark and stormy night…”
This year’s overall top winner:
“As he told her that he loved her she gazed into his eyes, wondering, as she noted the infestation of eyelash mites, the tiny deodicids burrowing into his follicles to eat the greasy sebum therein, each female laying up to 25 eggs in a single follicle, causing inflammation, whether the eyes are truly the windows of the soul; and, if so, his soul needed regrouting.”— Cathy Bryant, Manchester, England
There will be live music, artists, authors, refreshments, prizes, a Mexican taco truck and an outdoor tent to help contain the celebration. The party is free and open to the public – come celebrate with your locally-owned, independent bookstore. A more complete listing and schedule with author signing times will be issued shortly.
In 2012, at Book Expo in New York, the Book Beat was recognized by the National Women’s Book Association and awarded the Pannell Prize, for being one of the best general bookstores in the country specializing in children’s books.
If you’re interested in writing or illustrating books for kids, Shutta invites you to her summer schmooze. It’s a free-form get-together for SCBWI members and non-members alike.
This year the schmooze will be in Rochester, Michigan on Aug. 12, 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m.
More info is at: kidsbooklink.org. Or send me an email at: shutta (AT) shuttacrum (DOT) com for more info on how to get there and what to bring with you. Below are a couple of pics from past schmoozes.