Chris Curtis, author of BUD, NOT BUDDY and THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM – 1963 came to Hickory this week. On Saturday he spoke at my Alma Mater, Lenoir Rhyne College as part of their Visiting Writer’s Series.
This year, the Visiting Writer's Series sponsored The Little Read - which encouraged young people throughout the county to read Curtis' books. Saturday's visit was the culmination of this great reading initiative.
Of course I was there!
The weather was stunning (sunny and in the 80’s!) and the weeds were pushin' and shovin' to be the biggest and baddest in my flowerbeds but I was quite content to leave all that behind. Chris told us how he became a writer, read to us from his upcoming book, and answered questions. Of course there was an opportunity to get his autograph so I lined up with the dozens of children and other adults who wanted to get up close.
Chris Curtis is so personable! He connected with each child or adult, offered his hand, asked questions, joked, posed for pics, and even signed Tee shirts. Somehow he stayed focused on each person who appeared at his table as though he/she were the only one in the room.
I had my copy of BUD, NOT BUDDY for him to sign but I also gave him a copy of BLUE. And do you know what he did next? Pulled money out of his pocket and sent me to the book table to buy myself another of his books! Wow! I was startled.
Oh, and I got my picture taken with him. I would love to post it here but I’m just not sure about posting people’s pics without asking permission. And well, I just hated to bother him by saying – “Oh and by the way, may I put your picture on the internet?” He was so nice, though, I’m sure he would’ve said yes. But still….