Thursday, February 19, 2009
Florida: Day 7
I arrived at Port Charlotte High School nice and early (just in case I got lost...it happens) to have breakfast with members of the faculty. Then I was off to give the first of three multi-class presentations.
Yes, that's Vanilla Ice on the screen. And yes, it actually makes sense in my speech. At least, I think it does.
I don't know if other authors enjoy speaking at high schools as much as I do. But I remember back when I first began writing Thirteen Reasons Why, realizing that if it got published I would have to do a lot of these speeches...and that terrified me! For one, in college, Speech was the one class I dreaded. And two, I was so thankful to leave high school, did I really want to go back?
But it's honestly one of the best perks about being an author!
After each presentation I signed a bunch of books and discussion guides and bookmarks and even...an arm.
For lunch, I ate pizza with students who earned the most points in a read-a-thon. They raised money by getting people signed up to pay a certain amount for each page read, all in order to fly me out here. And since I've been having so much fun during my visit, I've gotta say, "Thank you!"
After the main presentations, I spoke to the school's book club. And there is something very cool about the following two photos. The first one has me hidden among the book club members...
The next has me with their officers...
So what do I find so very cool about those shots? They're going to appear in the school's yearbook. I made it! Sixteen years after graduating, I'll be appearing in another high school yearbook!
(Yes, I do think that's really really cool.)