This past weekend, I flew up to Seattle and then drove to Yakima for the 2013 Washington Library Media Association conference. In the morning, I gave a presentation to a roomful of librarians eating breakfast. The talk went great (partly because a librarian with a full tummy is a happy librarian).
Then I gave a talk called Let's Discuss What's "Appropriate" in Teen Novels. This gave me a chance to speak about how it feels to be a banned author (hint: it sucks), and thank librarians for often being the first line of defense to make sure teens have access to books that some people refuse to see value in.
After the conference, I drove back to Seattle to hang out with one of my very favorite authors, Cat Patrick. Cat drove me to Ballard, where we stopped at the corner of...
Why'd we stop there? Because on that corner is the park where the cover of Thirteen Reasons Why was shot!
It was eerily cool to see that swingset in person.
While we got the angle slightly wrong, which is why the background's different, I'd say I got the pose down pat!
We took some other pics on the swing, but I don't think they would've worked for the cover of that particular book. Maybe for a prequel?
We then searched the tiles made by children on the concrete wall surrounding the play area to find one that best fit the novel.
This is what we found...